The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice: Bolivian pink dolphin declared a “National Treasure” As President Evo Morales expands environmentalist initiative

Bolivia enacts law to protect Amazon pink dolphins

Bolivian Amazon pink dolphinThe pink dolphin, known locally as bufeo, is Bolivia’s only freshwater mammal species

Bolivian President Evo Morales has enacted a law aimed at protecting a unique species of dolphins that live in the country’s Amazon rivers.

The new legislation bans fishing freshwater pink dolphins and declares the species a national treasure.

At a ceremony along the shores of the Ibare river, President Morales called on the armed forces to protect the habitats of the pink dolphins

The species is threatened by erosion, pollution and logging in the Amazon.

The Bolivian pink dolphin, whose scientific name is Inia boliviensis, is similar to mammals found in neighbouring Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela.

Male Bolivian freshwater pink dolphins can weigh up to 200kg (440 pounds).

An appendix to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (Cites) says the species is vulnerable because of overfishing in the Amazon basin.

But it says the main threat is the contamination of rivers in the region by mercury, used in illegal gold mining operations.

Source: BBC News


Bolivian Pink Dolphin Declared a “National Treasure” As President Evo Morales Expands Environmentalist Initiative

(Photo : Reuters) Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca and Cesar Guedes, representative of The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), attend a ceremony at the Foreign Ministry in La Paz


Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales has taken a special interest in protecting the Bolivian Pink Dolphin with new legislation that calls upon the nation’s armed forces to protect the animal.

Locally known in the Amazon as “boto,” these dolphins are threatened by fisherman who view them as competition, mercury poisoning caused by illegal gold mining operations, river damming, fishing nets, pollution, and erosion in its habitat.

Now deemed a “national treasure,” Inia boliviensis is now protected by fishing bans and an initiative to maintain the river basins that the dolphin inhabits.

The Bolivian pink dolphin sports a long, curved beak and uses echolocation to hunt down its prey. The animal is known to have powerful jaws with teeth proficient at crushing fish. After killing its meal, the dolphin swallows its prey whole and regurgitates its bones later.

The species is shares similarities to other dolphins found in Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, and Peru. The pink dolphin is known to weight between 65 and 90 pounds.

Evo Morales is the 80th President of Bolivia and is the leader of the nation’s socialist party. His profile on BBC indicates that Morales “has also taken on an outspoken role in international climate negotiations, arguing from an indigenous perspective for greater respect for ‘Mother Earth.”

In 2010, Bolivia hosted a climate change summit in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba.

At the time, Pablo Solon, Bolivia’s UN ambassador told BBC that it was their “experience in the last process of negotiation over the last year and a half is that things are moving in a bad direction.”

“I would say this is the only scenario to make balance between the pressure that at this moment the corporations are putting on the government versus the pressure that can emerge, can arise from civil society.”

Source: Latinos Post


SELVA Vida Sin Fronteras acknowledges Kevin Schafer’s important contribution towards protecting the highly endangered Amazon pink fresh water dolphin. Title photographs of our “The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice” were taken by Mr. Schafer. 



Editorial: SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras

Editorial Committee

David Dunham

Arno Ambrosius

Gustavo López Ospina

Mariana Almeida

Pieter Jan Brouwer

Assistant: Emilia Romero

The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice is associated with the International Environmental Mission, a grass roots citizens movement created by Chilean Senator Juan Pablo Letelier.





~ by FSVSF Admin on 19 October, 2012.

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