It was here in Tongling that a project to create a 'semi-nature reserve' for the baiji was begun in February 1985. Funded by the government, various non-governmental organizations, public donations and commercial sponsorship, its aim is to establish a protected captive breeding population of baiji under semi-natural conditions.

Despite the baiji being declared extinct in 2007, as of 2024 this preserve appears to still exist. There is not much english information online about what they offer, though a photo still identifies it as a freshwater dolphin protection zone.

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