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In March 2015, four Yangtze finless porpoises were released into a new home in Jianli, China – the start of an ambitious relocation project to help save this critically endangered species from extinction.

The finless porpoises were captured in Poyang Lake in eastern China before being safely moved to an oxbow lake 400km away, where they’ll start a new population. Four others are being moved to another lake to boost the ‘gene pool’ of its small population.

A thriving new population is vital for the survival of the Yangtze finless porpoise. And hopes are high, after the success of a previous similar relocation in the 1990s.