A. Beerman

The Bolivian river dolphin, locally known as Bufeo, is the only dolphin species present in Bolivia. For many years, there has been uncertainty about the species’ status and the Bolivian river dolphin was originally considered to be a subspecies of the Amazon River dolphin (Inia geoffrensis).

However, recently, genetic evidence confirmed that the Bolivian river dolphin can be considered a separate species (2012).  Soon after this confirmation, the Bolivian parliament declared the Bolivian river dolphin as part of the natural heritage of the country and enacted a law that seeks to protect and conserve this species.

Since then, it has become even more important to invest in the conservation of the species. The foundation CONCETA Bolivia was established in order to make a contribution to the conservation of this unique species.