A team of veterinarians from zoos in Baltimore and St. Louis traveled to central Bolivia to help rescue a pod of endangered dolphins that became stranded in a lake.
Veterinarians from the Maryland Zoo and the St. Louis Zoo helped transport six of about 15 Bolivian river dolphins to a river after the remote lake became cut off from the river that fed it during the past several years.
The team spent about two weeks in October assessing the dolphins’ health and conducting veterinary research before moving them to a nearby river.
Organizations involved in the rescue are working to plan the relocation of the remaining dolphins in the lake, which sits about 150 miles from Santa Cruz.
The Maryland Zoo has been involved in a number of international animal rescues. Last month, the zoo sent its Penguin Coast exhibit manager to South Africa to assist in rescuing hundreds of abandoned flamingo chicks.