5 April 2023

No safe Havens for river dolphins – new study launched

Are protected areas that host river dolphins actually protecting these species? Unfortunately not. On 23rd of March 2023,  during the UN Water Conference, WWF launched a global analysis, showing there is much room for improvement. With a quick assessment (‘CA|RDS Lite’), one-third of all river dolphin PA’s was scanned, scoring on average a 52% on […]

22 October 2022

30 experts publish global river dolphin threat analysis and conservation priorities

A new article by 30 top researchers, investigates anthropogenic impacts on river cetaceans: an exhaustive review of 280 peer-reviewed papers and grey literature reports (1998-2020) to examine the current status of knowledge regarding these cetaceans and their conservation. We aimed to better understand the scale of threats they face, and to identify and propose priority […]

20 October 2022

International conference to tackle fisheries threats to river dolphins in Asia

WWF-Pakistan hosts international conference to tackle fisheries threats to river dolphins in Asia (  

(c) WWF-Cambodia

16 February 2022

Goodbye, Lone George

He was the last one. And now he’s gone. This morning, I woke up to the sad news that the last known river dolphin in Laos has died. I called him Lone George. Although I did not even know he was a male at the time, I really felt for him ever since his companions […]

19 January 2022

Return of river dolphins to Narayani

By Daphne Willems, Lead, WWF River Dolphin Rivers initiative Ganges river dolphin back in Nepal’s Narayani river © Tek Mahato It’s the best possible New Year’s present. A local nature guide in Nepal, Tek Mahato took several photos of a Ganges river dolphin in the Narayani River — the first time there’s been photographic evidence of […]

16 November 2021

Electronic pingers protect river dolphins and benefit communities

With all six river dolphin species threatened with extinction globally, an innovative project in Indonesia has proven that electronic pingers help to deter river dolphins from approaching too close to fishing nets, protecting the animals from potentially fatal entanglements – and benefiting local fishers. Working with local communities, electronic pingers were attached to fishing nets […]

7 November 2021

Blog: discovering two species of river dolphin in South Asia

By Gill Braulik, Research Fellow in the Sea Mammal Research Unit of the University of St. Andrews, UK Twenty years ago, I set off on a quest to understand whether the endangered dolphins in the Ganges river, and the dolphins in the Indus river were two separate species. It was a mission that took me […]

30 September 2021

International approval for South American conservation plan for river dolphins

Global body endorses action plan to safeguard rivers dolphins in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru In a major boost for river dolphins in South America, the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has approved a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for river dolphins in the Amazon, Orinoco, Tocantins and Araguaia rivers that was developed by Brazil, Colombia, […]

6 April 2021

China boosts protection of Yangtze finless porpoise

In a major boost for the critically endangered Yangtze finless porpoise, the Chinese government upgraded it to national first level protected species – the country’s highest protection for wild animals.

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