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Baiji (Lipotes vexillifer)

A brilliant natural history museum, built in time for the Olympics when they were held in Beijing in 2008. The museum covers three floors. Visited September 2013

Baiji (Lipotes vexillifer)
Chlidonias, 25 May 2015
    • Chlidonias
      A brilliant natural history museum, built in time for the Olympics when they were held in Beijing in 2008. The museum covers three floors.

      Visited September 2013
    • savethelephant
      Oh man, I got so happy reading the title Baifi thinking it was alive in some zoo/aquarium.
    • carlos55
      Estimado Chili,
      Was this this the only baiji specimen at the museum ? Would it have been one of the last captive Baiji ?
    • Chlidonias
      it was the only one on display Carlos, although they may have had other specimens not on show. I doubt it was any of the captive ones, because it was only a young animal (it is in the middle of the photo I will link below, so you will be able to gauge its size). I didn't take a photo of the sign, but baboon may come along later and have some information.


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    • baboon
      Sorry I don't know the story of the baiji, but I suspect it may be by-caught from the wild ~~
    • Deer Forest
      There are 89 Baiji specimens in the world, 2 in the US, 1 in UK, the others are all in China. This is the only one at National Zoological Museum of China. It was catched on 1973.10.12 at the Echeng, Hubei Province, middle reaches of Yangtze River, male, 2.06m, 95kg.
    • Elephas Maximus
      I think taxidermy of cetaceans is a shame - it can never be done properly, without shrinkage, deformities, cracks, discoloration and ugly seams. Such animals should be preserved as skeletal or wet specimens (they look realistic), and displayed along with cast replicas.
    • Deer Forest
      Almost every taxidermy of Baiji also has a skeletal specimen. But there are only 7 wet specimens of Baiji in the world, and four of them are fetuses.
    • carlos55
      There is only one preserved Vaquita porpoise in the world, which i photographed at the aquarium at the Centro Cultural de Tijuana. The Vaquita has always been rare. The fact that there are many more preserved specimens of Baiji illustrates how the population decline of this species was so marked and abrupt.
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