Together We Protect

February 14, 2024

The conservation of biodiversity remains an urgent imperative for the health of our planet. With the increasing challenges posed by man-made problems, the conservation of each species becomes a critical priority. The Lahille’s bottlenose dolphin, of which there are no more than 600 left, faces increasing threats from habitat destruction, pollution, bycatch and climate change, highlighting the urgent need for concerted conservation action.

In view of the endangered status of the Lahille’s bottlenose dolphin, YAQU PACHA, ZOOMARINE PORTUGAL and Nuremberg Zoo, together with the Gephyreus Working Group from Brazil, initiated a strategic action that was published just a few days ago. The aim of this collaboration was to prioritise research and coordinate conservation efforts to ensure the survival of the species.

The comprehensive strategy, which follows the recommendations of the Integrated Conservation Planning for Cetaceans (ICPC), is the result of extensive consultations, reviews and expert input. Five strategic areas were identified:

  1. Scientific research and conservation
  2. Legislation and policy
  3. Communication, outreach and awareness
  4. Institutional strengthening and education
  5. Citizen science


After careful consideration, the researchers compiled a portfolio of projects that aligned with each strategic line, taking into account factors such as feasibility, impact and stakeholder involvement. Of the 26 significant projects, eight were categorised as high priority, reflecting the strategic focus on initiatives with the potential for significant conservation impact.

This 5-year strategic plan emphasises the commitment to addressing the multiple challenges facing Lahille’s bottlenose dolphins. By fostering international cooperation, increasing stakeholder engagement and prioritising targeted actions, stakeholders remain firmly committed to protecting this critically endangered species.

“This document is the most important basis for a well thought-out conservation strategy and if we succeed in implementing the various projects, we can be sure that the Lahille’s bottlenose dolphin will have a future,” said Dr Lorenzo von Fersen, Chairman of YAQU PACHA and Curator of Research and Conservation at Nuremberg Zoo.


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