The last 92 Irrawaddy dolphins in Mekong River may not survive

Experts are concerned that the Mekong dolphin is unlikely to survive Cambodia's modernisation as a new dam is planned.

At the dolphin ticket office there is a tattered page stuck to the wall calling on readers to save dolphins as part of “Cambodia’s splendid natural heritage”.

It says, “building dams destroy habitats” and lists threats to dolphins, including pollutions and gillnets. It looks like an insect-eaten papyrus.

The Irrawaddy dolphin is a critically endangered species. The largest of the five remaining population groups lives here, in a stretch of the Mekong River near Kratie (pronounced Krah-che) in northeastCambodia.

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