River dolphins in Peru have been studied for several years in the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, Iquitos, but relatively little is known about river dolphin occurrence in non-reserve areas. Threats to these dolphins outside protected areas include habitat loss, fisheries interactions and exploitation for medicinal purposes.
Pro Delphius's "River Dolphins" project will document the habitat use of the two species: the Boto (Inia geoffrensis) and the Tucuxi (Sotalia fluviatilis), in the Yarinacocha lagoon, located adjacent to Pucallpa, one of the largest cities long of the Peruvian Amazon. This project aims to estimate the abundance of Boto and Tucuxi in the lagoon, to study the eco-localization characteristics of the two species, and to sensitize local governments and tour operators about the lagoon's dolphins.
River DOlphins in Peru