Monday, May 23, 2011

Indus River Dolphin

The Indus River dolphin is one of the sub-species of South Asian River Dolphin, (the other being the Ganges River Dolphin) is the rarest and most endangered species in the world. Presently, the number of this species is declined to 1,100. It is seen in Indus River in Pakistan. The facts and information relating to this species reveal that the number of Indus river dolphin species is declined due to water pollution, poaching, fragmentation of habitat due to barrages, and dolphin stranding in the irrigation canals.

Scientific Name of Indus River dolphin

Platanista minor


Features and Facts of Indus River dolphin

  • Length is between 1.5 - 2.5 m (5 - 8')

  • Weighs 80 - 90 kg

  • Gestation Period: 10 - 11 months

  • Status: Highly endangered

Conservation of Indus River dolphin

With an objective to conserving the habitat and addressing the river pollution problem, WWF has taken active measures with the collaboration of partners. Various wildlife conservation organisations have also taken various steps to protect this species from extinction. There are lots of education initiatives are also conducting in Pakistan to protect the life of this species.

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

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