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Dolphin Watch

The Government of Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Forest Department has declared the creation of three new wildlife sanctuaries along the Ganges River and Irrawaddy River for the last two remaining species of freshwater dolphins found in Asia: the Ganges River dolphin (Platanista gangetica) and the Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris).

 

The Government of Bangladesh recently declared three new wildlife sanctuaries for endangered freshwater dolphins in the world’s largest mangrove ecosystem – the Sundarbans, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) whose conservation work helped pinpoint the locations of the protected areas.

The sanctuaries will protect the last two remaining species of freshwater dolphins in Asia: the Ganges River dolphin and the Irrawaddy dolphin. Although there is no global population estimate for either species, both have disappeared from major portions of their range. However, both species occur in the Sundarbans in sufficient numbers, which may serve as a global safety net for preventing their extinction.

The three wildlife sanctuaries safeguard 19.4 mi (31.4 km) of channels with a total area of 4.1 sq mi (10.7 sq km). The locations and sizes of the sanctuaries in the Sundarbans were determined according to a study conducted by WCS and Bangladesh Forest Department. The study found that the habitat of Ganges River and Irrawaddy dolphins were clumped in waterways where human activities are most intense.

ONE OF THE THREE SANCTUARIES IS LOCATED JUST ADJACENT TO SUNDARBAN ECO RESORT, IN THE CONFLUENCE OF DHANGMARI KHAL WITH PASHUR RIVER. You can have a boat ride to watch these dolphin species from close distance.

 

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