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Bringing Finless Porpoise Research to Life


The Yangtze finless porpoise, also known as a “living fossil”, is a critically endangered species unique to the Yangtze River Basin in China. To address the need for the ecological and environment protection of the river and its native species, Sembcorp officially opened the Yangtze Finless Porpoise Research & Learning Centre in October 2020.

Located in Sembcorp’s International Water Hub (IWH), the Centre was the result of a preliminary study of the finless porpoise which Sembcorp commissioned a year earlier. Based on the study’s findings, the Centre offers programmes and initiatives which aim to educate students and the general public on environmental protection of the Yangtze River, its ecosystem and the finless porpoise.

One of the key highlights of the Centre is its multimedia interactive learning experience, where visitors can take a virtual tour of the Yangtze River through the use of augmented reality. Visitors can learn about the ecological changes and the impact of human activities on the river through an immersive 270° audiovisual experience.

The Centre also provides researchers and other environmental protection groups the opportunity to collaborate and study the animals, thanks to the presence of several groups of Yangtze River finless porpoise living in the area of Jiangxinzhou, near the IWH.

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