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Indus River dolphin pops out of water

Indus river dolphin numbers on the rise with the help of local communities

A new WWF survey says there are now an estimated 1,816 Indus river in Pakistan—50% more than the 1,200 dolphins estimated after an initial census in 2001 when the species appeared to be on the brink of extinction.

  • Freshwater dolphin species and facts

    Swimming through fresh waters in parts of South America and Asia is what one might consider an unexpected figure: the dolphin. It joins the ranks of the shark and the sea turtle as some of the oldest creatures on Earth. And while they're most commonly associated with oceans, dolphins—and porpoises—can actually be found in several major rivers on two continents.

    Amazon river dolphin jumping out of the water
  • What’s the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise? And other river dolphin facts

    September 10, 2015

    When we think of dolphins and porpoises, we often don’t think of fresh water. But in parts of South America and Asia, several rivers are home to these charismatic species. Dolphins are among the world’s oldest creatures, along with some species of turtles, crocodiles and sharks. They provide important indicators of the health of rivers.

    Pink river dolphin
  • Two Indus River Dolphin Calves Rescued in Eastern Pakistan

    July 16, 2013

    Two stray Indus River dolphin calves trapped in a canal in eastern Pakistan were rescued by a joint team of WWF and the Sindh Wildlife Department and released safely nearly 50 miles downstream.

    Indus River Dolphin swimming