Rescue efforts are helping one of the world’s rarest dolphins rebound in Pakistan!
Widespread construction of diversion dams called barrages have destroyed the Indus dolphins’ habitat, restricting the species from traveling freely — which is important for their life cycle.
The barrages were built to control flooding and provide irrigation, but they’ve also cut off the dolphins’ ability to migrate and have even lead to low water levels.
Because of these restrictions, Indus dolphins now only occupy 20 percent of their original travel range and are concentrated mostly in the Pakistani province of Sindh — a 410 mile stretch of river between the Guddu and Kotri dams.
Beyond dams, water pollution poses the gravest long-term threat to the species.
In response to these threats, an aggressive government conservation program was implemented and has produced very encouraging results. The program includes educating local communities and rescuing stranded dolphins.
Thanks to these efforts, the number of Indus dolphins in Pakistan has risen from 1,200 in 2001 to 1,816 according to a recent WWF survey.
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