In order to save the endangered aquatic mammal Baiji (Lipotes vexillifer), it is no doubt that establishment of nature reserves is a effective way. Since a high attention to the animal is paid of worldwide, any unfavourable influence is considered to be remarkable. For this reason, from March 1990 to October 1993, we made a detailed study on the living condition and the suitability to the habitat of 11 finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides), similar to the habits of Baiji in Yangtze river, which are experimental rearing in the Swan Oxbow, Hubei province, before introducing Baiji for a further ecological assessment on establishment of nature reserve. Results show that the finless porpoises adapt to the environment of the Oxbow very well. In it, they could be living normally, finishing pregnancy, parturition and stering their calves. The calves would also live and grew up normally, more over there are suitable environmental conditions which the porpoises prefer and escaping defences for dolphin in the Oxbow. All these further confirm the reasonableness of establishing a Baiji nature reserve in the Oxbow.
Yang Jian, Zhang Xianfeng; Wei Zhuo; Wang Xiaoqiang; Chen Peixun.The preliminary observation on living habits of the experimental rearing finless porpoise in Swan Oxbow, Hubei Province,Acta Theriologica Sinica,1995,15(4):254-258