Ayeyawady dolphin conservation area to be extended

Three Ayeyawady baby dolphins seen in the Ayeyawady Rriver. Photo: WCS
Three Ayeyawady baby dolphins seen in the Ayeyawady Rriver. Photo: WCS

Extension area for Ayeyawady dolphin conservation has been set over 100 kilometers from Malae to Shwegu where 37 dolphins have been spotted.
Initially, the extension area was planned over 200 kilometers from Malae to Shwegu along the Ayeyawady River. Later, it was scaled down to over 100 kilometers and the remaining area has been set as buffer zone around protected area.
To implement this, the Myanmar Fisheries Department and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) conducted awareness campaigns and discussions in 50 villages, situated in the conservation area. The plan is to protect endangered dolphins from extinction.
According to latest survey, there are 76 Ayeyawady dolphins in an area around 400 kilometers from Mandalay to Bhamo, Kachin State. The area between Malae and Shwegu, along Ayeyawady River, is a primary dolphin habitat. The first dolphin conservation area was set from Mingun to Kyaukmyaung in Mandalay in 2005. — Nyitu

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