Flagship species of the Greater Mekong

From the Critically Endangered Mekong giant catfish navigating the Mekong River in Laos and Thailand to the elusive saola found in Vietnam's Annamite mountains, the Greater Mekong's mammals are rare and of global significance.
With once-plentiful species such as the tiger, elephant and rhinoceros now facing extinction, WWF is actively working to protect these animals through:
  • habitat conservation and preservation
  • supporting government action on the illegal wildlife trade
  • developing eco-tourism that provide communities with an economic incentive to preserve and conserve their natural heritage.

INDOCHINESE TIGER

 / ©: WWF-Canon / Martin Harvey
Indian tiger Captive Safari Park, Bangkok, Thailand.
© WWF-Canon / Martin Harvey
A new species is discovered every 2 days on average in the Greater Mekong.

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This page lists the flagship species that WWF focuses on in the Greater Mekong.

► Also check out here other important species in the region

IRRAWADDY DOLPHIN

 / ©: WWF Greater Mekong
The critically endangered Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphin.
© WWF Greater Mekong

ASIAN ELEPHANT

 / ©: WWF Laos
Asian elephant taking a bath in Xe Pian National Protected Area.
© WWF Laos

MEKONG GIANT CATFISH

 / ©: WWF-Canon / Zeb Hogan
The Mekong River's giant catfish can reach a maximum size of 3m in length and 300kg in weight.
© WWF-Canon / Zeb Hogan

SAOLA

 / ©: WWF-Canon / David Hulse
Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis)
© WWF-Canon / David Hulse

CRESTED GIBBON

 / ©: Matt Hunt / Free the Bears
Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon, Nomascus gabriellae
© Matt Hunt / Free the Bears

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