River dolphins are amongst the most endangered mammals in the world. They are found in South America and Asia where large and increasing human populations are leading to dramatic deteriorations in the river ecosystems where they live.
The only whale or dolphin species in recent years to have gone extinct is the baiji or Yangzte river dolphin. The other surviving species include the Amazon river dolphin, Ganges river dolphin and Indus river dolphin, as well as the Franciscana dolphin and Irrawaddy dolphin.
WDCS has funded river dolphin conservation projects in many developing countries where the dolphins live and continues to support ground-breaking initiatives to help the animals, the wider ecosystem and local communities that live alongside the animals. In 2010, WDCS supported the publication of the South American River Dolphin Action Plan (10.5mb) which looks at the conservation requirements for these animals over the next ten years.
Introduction To River Dolphins Most whales and dolphins live in the sea. But there is a small, unusual group that live in fresh water. They live in some of the largest, muddiest rivers on earth - the river dolphins.
Amazon River Dolphins - Natutama Foundation Amazon river dolphins - WDCS is a founding supporter of the Natütama Foundation, a non-government organisation (ngo) located in Puerto Narińo, a large village in the Colombian Amazon.
Amazon River Dolphins - Omacha Foundation Amazon river dolphins - For almost 20 years, WDCS has supported the work of Dr Fernando Trujillo and the Omacha Foundation in Colombia to study and conserve South American river dolphins.
Trapped River Dolphins In Bolivia Rescued WDCS has been involved in emergency rescue plans to free a small group of Bolivian river dolphins. Fortunately, the unusual cold weather in recent weeks bought the dolphins some time. Read our update on the rescue.