Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
Baiji are important culturally as they have long been protected by custom. In the past, the fat of accidentally killed individuals was used for medicinal purposes and the flesh consumed. The current plight of baiji--designated a national treasure "of the first order" by China--has raised awareness of the need for conservation of river systems worldwide.
Positive Impacts: food ; source of medicine or drug ; research and education
- baiji.org Foundation, 2006. "The baiji.org Foundation" (On-line). Accessed January 11, 2007 at www.baiji.org.