The Irrawaddy Dolphin and Mekong River Conservation
The Irrawaddy dolphin symbolizes the magnificence of the Mekong River and its continued high biodiversity. The number of dolphin remaining in the Mekong River is estimated between 78 and 91 individuals. Even this low number would make the Mekong subpopulation the largest of only five remaining critically endangered freshwater populations of this species in the world.
The Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) inhabits a 190km stretch of the mainstream Mekong River between Kratie, Cambodia and Khone Falls on the border with Lao PDR.