World's first River Dolphins website

Posted on 14 July 2021

All you ever wanted to know about the world's 6 river dolphin species...and how to protect them
River dolphins are extraordinary. They are the apex predators of some of the world’s greatest rivers. Yet they remain largely unknown and highly threatened.

Conservation efforts have achieved some success, but there has never been an authoritative platform to share information and best practices for their sustainable conservation.

Until now.

Covering all six river dolphin species in Asia and South America, RiverDolphins.org is an unprecedented resource as well as a source of inspiration for anyone living in river dolphin river basins or working to safeguard these iconic species – so that together we can ensure their survival.

RiverDolphins.org boasts the most comprehensive overview of all river dolphin species - Amazon, Tucuxi, Indus, Ganges, Irrawaddy and Yangtze finless porpoise - as well as conservation and management best practices from around the world.

These include best practices in community engagement, addressing threats, conservation planning and research and monitoring, compiled through an extensive literature review and interviews with scientists, government representatives, multi-lateral organizations and conservation organisations working in every river basin that hosts river dolphin populations.

Unprecedented collection of scientific literature and downloadable resources

You can search hundreds of river dolphin resources: on the species, their river basins, the threats they face and how to apply best practices through inspiring case studies.

"I am incredibly proud that this rich resource now exists, and I am positive it will boost interest in, and protection of, river dolphins worldwide," said Daphne Willems, Lead WWF’s River Dolphin Rivers initiative, which coordinated the development of the website.

"These incredible species deserve all the attention they can get - as do their homes, which are some of the world’s mightiest rivers. I trust the website will inspire researchers and decision makers around the world - for the benefit of the dolphins, their rivers, and all the societies and economies that depend on them."
Front page of RiverDolphins.org
© WWF

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Tagging river dolphins in the Amazon
© Adriano Gambarini / WWF-Brazil
WWF Pakistan took part in the fourth census of Indus River dolphins in 2017
© WWF-Pakistan / Hamera Aisha