WWF – Irrawaddy Dolphins on Brink of Extinction –

Irrawaddy Dolphin

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WWF – Irrawaddy Dolphins on Brink of Extinction –

Of the 40 species of dolphins, the Irrawaddy dolphin is one facing extinction from some regions. There are a mere 85 dolphins left in the Mekong River. The World Wildlife Fund is working in conjunction with several organizations and the local industries. “The protection of the Irrawaddy dolphin is crucial for the overall health of the Mekong River—home to more than 1,500 species of fish. The Irrawaddy dolphin is also regarded as a sacred animal by both Khmer and Lao people, and is an important source of income and jobs for communities involved in dolphin-watching ecotourism.” Populations occur around Bangladesh (highest population), the Philipines, Laos, India and other countries.

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