Cambodia sees success in conserving rare Mekong river dolphins: conservationist group

Cambodia has seen success in conserving the Mekong’s critically endangered river dolphins, said a World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Cambodia’s statement on Thursday.

A last year’s joint survey by the country’s Fisheries Administration and WWF-Cambodia found that the number of Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphins in Cambodia had increased from 80 individuals in 2015 to 92 in 2017 and is expected to see a further increase this year, the statement said.

“The current population survey is underway, but conservationists are hopeful to see another upturn in numbers,” it said. “That optimism is fed by the news that since the last survey, we have recorded 20 new-born calves while only nine deaths were recorded.”

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