Ganges River Dolphin

Ganges River Dolphin is a sub-species of the South Asian River Dolphin, (the other being Indus River Dolphin) is a highly endangered species and its population is declined to less than 1800. It is mainly found in Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers. As per the facts and information of wildlife conservation, the species is in deep crisis and is facing the problem of extinction.

Scientific Name of Ganges River Dolphin


Platanista gangetica

Features and Facts of Ganges River Dolphin



  • Length: About 2.5 m

  • Skin colour: Greyish brown

  • Population: 1,200-1,800 individuals

  • Habitat: Ganga and Brahmaputra river system

  • Status: Endangered


Ganges River Dolphin Conservation


The population of Ganges River Dolphin has declined from tens of thousands to less than 2000 due to direct killing, habitat fragmentation by dams and barrages, indiscriminate fishing and pollution of the rivers. The Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 provides high level legal protection to this species nationally and internationally. However, the size continues to decline. The major reason is lack of awareness among people.

 
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