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Baiji/Chinese River Dolphin/Yangtze River Dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer) 5-Year Review: Summary and Evaluation

October 31, 2017

Five-year review summary and evaluation of the Chinese river dolphin's listing as an endangered species and it being extremely close to, if not already, extinct.

In 1989, the Chinese river dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer), also called the Baiji or the Yangtze River dolphin, was listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. In this 5-year review, we conclude that the species is extremely close to, if not already, extinct. Because there are still periodic, undocumented sightings of the Chinese river dolphin, we do not recommend changing the endangered classification at this time. The Endangered Species Act requires us to review all listed species every five years to determine whether their status has changed.

Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 09/27/2021