15 Feb '12, 10am

New sanctuaries for rare freshwater dolphins in Asia

New sanctuaries for rare freshwater dolphins in Asia

Ganges River dolphin; Credit: © WCS Three new official wildlife sanctuaries in Bangladesh will help protect endangered freshwater dolphins, says a top wildlife group. The protected areas in the giant Sundarbans mangrove forest have been specially created to benefit rare Irrawaddy dolphins and Ganges River dolphins. The move by the Bangladeshi government has come about after the sites - in one of the world's largest mangrove forests - were initially identified by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Director of the WCS's Asian Freshwater and Coastal Cetacean Programme, Brian D. Smith, says, "Declaration of these Wildlife Sanctuaries is an essential first step in protecting Ganges River and Irrawaddy dolphins in Bangladesh. "As biological indicators of ecosystem-level impacts, freshwater dolphins can inform adaptive human-wildlife management to cope with climate change s...

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