An Irrawaddy dolphin calf was spotted swimming alongside its mother in the Mekong River—an encouraging sign for the vulnerable species.
The protection of Irrawaddy dolphins is crucial not only for the species, but for the Mekong River at large. The basin is home to an estimated 1,100 species of fish—all which benefit from WWF’s work to increase dolphin populations.
WWF works with partners, governments, and local communities to protect the Mekong River Basin. We focus on everything from climate change to habitat restoration, and infrastructure to influencing local policy. We also support river guards who patrol the stretch of river where the Irrawaddy dolphins live.
Irrawaddy dolphins are found in coastal areas in South and Southeast Asia, and in three rivers: the Ayeyarwady, the Mahakam, and the Mekong.