Resuscitating an Endangered Species: 11 new dolphins Born in 2016!
The graph shows us a comparison between last year and this year. Our dolphin mortality rate has reduced 30%, a reduction from the death of 9 dolphins in 2015 to only 6 dolphins that passed away this year. This is a direct reflection on the state of law enforcement and other efforts from our conservation team.
We have spotted 11 new dolphin calves between the 21st of January 2016 – 31st December 2016. We were delighted to find a dolphin calf on the 31st of December, it was a wonderful way to end one year and start the next. These dolphins were found in the Mekong river. Thereby adding 11 new dolphin calves in 2016 to the population of this endangered species. Seven dolphin calves from Kratie, three in Stung Treng and the last one from Kampi pool.
These are the results of the conservation efforts that have been performed for the whole year. Mekong Flooded Forest (MFF) has required strict law reinforcement training. It is the presence of the law at the flooded forest and their consistent work in tracking & capturing illegal fisher folk and removal of gillnets and constant vigilance that helped us get where we are.
In Cambodia, it is only with the joint and collective support from the government authorities, civil society organizations, and the public that we will save this charismatic and unique species from extinction, which would be a terrible loss for Cambodia.
“WWF-Cambodia will continue to address the challenges of Mekong Dolphin conservation with renewed hope and energy. We are extremely gratified by the results of our efforts. We hope you join us and contribute in every way you can to protect this living national treasure of Cambodia” says Chhith Sam Ath, WWF-Cambodia Country Director