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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Freshwater dolphins that live in the Amazon River and its tributaries have been classified as endangered due to serious risks they could disappear from the region, environmentalists warn.

Tucuxi dolphins are among the most threatened animals in the world and the change in classification to ‘endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) last month has set off alarms about the need to fight for their conservation, Fernando Trujillo, scientific director of Colombia’s Omacha Foundation, told Reuters on Tuesday.

Risks to the dolphins include fishing net accidents, mercury contamination from illegal gold mining . . .

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