The last of its kind - Irrawaddy dolphins discovered in the Mekong Delta

A large school of Irrawaddy dolphins has been discovered in the Mekong Delta. These river Dolphins a critically endangered species, being on the Red List of endangered species. Their worldwide population has recently been estimated under one hundred by the WWF. Increasing water pollution, traffic and water structures such as dams and fishing nets threaten the survival of these mammals, who are native in Vietnam, as well as Cambodia, Myanmar and Indonesia. In the province of Kien Giang in southern Vietnam, local biologist have now discovered an unusually large group of 20 dolphins. This protected area in the Mekong Delta is supported, among others, by German development cooperation through GIZ.