Dugong

The Dugong is a large marine mammal found in warm coastal waters from East Africa to Australia, including the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, and Pacific. As per the facts and information available from wildlife conservation, the population of this endangered species is around 7,500 and is in deep crisis and nearing extinction in many parts of the world.

Scientific Name of Dugong


Dugong dugon

Features and Facts of Dugong



  • Type: Mammal

  • Diet: Herbivore

  • Average life span in the wild: 70 years

  • Size: 8 to 10 ft (2.4 to 3 m)

  • Weight: 510 to 1,100 lbs (231 to 499 kg)

  • Group name: Herd

  • Protection status: Threatened


Conservation of Dugong


The major causes of population decline of Dugong are hunting, habitat degradation, and fishing-related fatalities. The slow rate of reproduction is also a cause for the decline in the size of this species. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species limits or bans the trade of Dugong to protect this animal from danger.

 
Endangered species in India

Critically Endangered - Ganges Shark | Pygmy Hog | Himalayan Wolf | Indian Vulture

Endangered - Asiatic Black Bear | Snow Leopard | Wild Cat | Sei Whale | Banteng | Asian Arowana | Red Panda | Loggerhead Sea Turtle | Asiatic Lion | Royal Bengal Tiger | Markhor | Fin Whale | Olive Ridley Turtle | Lion Tailed Macaque | Chiru | Indus River Dolphin

Vulnerable - Takin | Brown Bear | Humpback Whale | Slow Loris | Clouded Leopard | Tiger | Gaur | Goral | Mouflon | Fishing Cat | Sloth Bear | Blackbuck | Asiatic Golden Cat | Wild Yak | Barasingha | Wild Goat | Indian Wolf | Dhole | Dugong | Indian Fox | Sperm Whale | Ganges River Dolphin | Lesser Panda | Golden Jackal | Marbled Cat

Threatened - Indian Wild Ass | Leopard | Red Fox | Kashmiri Stag