River Dolphins

"River dolphins are the four living species of dolphin which reside in freshwater rivers and estuaries. River dolphins inhabit areas of Asia and South America. They are classed in the Platanistoidea superfamily of cetaceans. Three species live in fresh water rivers" (Wiki) - South Asian, Amazonian and Chinese. The latter or "Yangtze Dolphin" is now considered "functionally extinct" (Wiki)

Connected Sites

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Central Amazon Conservation Complex Amazonian River Dolphin " Expansion of the site also enhance the protection of key threatened species including .... two species of river dolphin." (AB for 2003 extension). But IUCN now only recognises 1 species of Amazonian River Dolphin with 3 sub species
Kaziranga National Park Ganges river dolphin
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary South Asian river dolphin (UNEP-WCMC)
Noel Kempff Mercado National Park Amazonian River Dolphin "Viable populations exist of many globally endangered or threatened large vertebrates including the .... pink river dolphin" (AB)
Sundarbans National Park South Asian River Dolphin (Ganges sub-species) "Aquatic mammals that frequent the tidal waters include the Ganges dolphin, Indo-Pacific hump-backed dolphin, Irrawaddy dolphin" (AB)
The Sundarbans South Asian River Dolphin (Ganges sub-species) Other mammals include .... (the) Ganges River Dolphin Platanista gangetica (EN), which occurs in some of the larger waterways" (AB). The Irrawaddy Dolphin is also fund but "although sometimes called the Irrawaddy river dolphin, it is not a true river dolphin but an oceanic dolphin that lives in brackish water near coasts, river mouths and in estuaries. It has established subpopulations in freshwater rivers, including the Ganges" (Wiki)


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