30 Apr '18, 12pm

First increase in Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphins in 20 years

Numbers of the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin in the Mekong River have risen from 80 in 2015 to 92 in 2017, according to WWF-Cambodia. The WWF team has found other signs of improvements in the Mekong dolphin population, including more dolphins surviving into adulthood, increase in the number of dolphin calves, and a drop in dolphin deaths. These improvements are largely due to more effective patrolling by river guards, and increasing awareness about the dolphins among local communities, WWF said. Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River could be making a comeback. After more than two decades of steady decline, numbers of the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris ) in the Mekong River have risen from 80 in 2015 to 92 in 2017, according to a joint announcement by the Cambodian government and WWF-Cambodia. This slight population increase brings hope for the species,...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/04/first-increase-in-mekon...

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