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    The Baiji Dolphinarium was first built in 1980 and was rebuilt in 1992, covering an area of about 25,000 M2. It consists of a major rearing hall, a breeding hall, a life support system, an experiment building and a specimen hall. It is 7 km away from the Institute. The Baiji Dolphinarium is a multi-functional comprehensive research base in China, whose missions include research and conservation of the endangered Yangtze River cetaceans (i.e., Baiji and the Yangtze finless porpoise), rearing and breeding of the Yangtze finless porpoise, and implementing popular science education. 

    In 1980, the Baiji Dolphinarium successfully cured a badly injured male Baiji, later named “Qi Qi”, which lived there for almost 23 years. It has created one of the longest rearing records for a freshwater cetacean in the world. In 1996, the Baiji Dolphinarium succeeded in raising Yangtze finless porpoises, and in July 2005, the first Yangtze finless porpoise was born successfully in captivity, which indicates the initial success of captive breeding of this freshwater porpoise subspecies. At present, the Baiji Dolphinarium is the only one that keeps a colony of the porpoises raised by man. The colony is made up of 7 Yangtze finless porpoises, one of which was the first to be born in captivity. 

    In the museum of Baiji Dolphinarium, there are several thousand collections of specimens and their body organs, the rarest of which are the endangered Baiji and the Yangtze finless porpoise. The most precious collections open to the public in exhibition include series of skeleton, leather and formalin fixed specimens of Baiji, and fetus or infant Yangtze finless porpoises at different growth stages.  

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