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New river dolphin species found in Brazil

New river dolphin species found in Brazil

Researchers have found what they describe as a new species of river dolphin in Brazil, only the fifth known of its kind in the world. River dolphins are rare, most are listed as critically endangered, and it is thought that only 1000 of this particular species currently live in the the Araguaia basin. One of…

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WDC welcomes Solinia – a new Peruvian NGO

WDC welcomes Solinia! A new, and much-needed conservation NGO based in Iquitos, the riverside capital city of the Peruvian Amazon.  Solinia’s founder and Director is Cedric Gilleman, ”I founded Solinia to focus on the protection of river dolphin species living in Peru and facing many threats; the name, Solinia is derived from the Latin names…

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Will the Colombian Government ban the import of the dolphin-deadly fish, mota?

This week, Dr Fernando Trujillo representing Fundacion Omacha, WDC’s partner in Colombia, had an important meeting with the Colombian Health Ministry at Government headquarters in Bogota.  Fernando presented information about the cruel, unsustainable and illegal killing of river dolphins (botos) in Brazil for fish bait.  The vast majority of the fish (known as piracatinga in…

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The Illegal River Dolphin Hunt

WDC has part-funded the creation of an important documentary film about the illegal river dolphin hunt in the Amazon. The terrible truth behind the cruel and unsustainable boto slaughter is exposed in this documentary produced by the Omacha Foundation and part-funding by WDC:  “The Pulse of the River”. The film shows people in Colombia the real…

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Ganges River Dolphin Now Down To Less Than 1800

Research in India has revealed that the population of Ganges River Dolphin has declined alarmingly from 6000 in 1982 to less than 1800, with death rates per year reaching around 160 animals. The main reasons given for this decline are the construction of more than 50 dams and other irrigation-related projects along the river, and…

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