Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Dolphins die

Dolphins die

Dolphins die

The deaths of 10 endangered Mekong River dolphins worsened the Cambodian species

chance of survival, global wildlife organization WWF warned last week.

Only 80 to 100 Irrawaddy dolphins remained in the Mekong, WWF estimated.

"This is terrible news, making a serious situation even more critical,"

WWF Greater Mekong Program manager Robert Mather said.

Eight of the dead dolphins were calves, continuing a trend of high infant mortality,

the organization reported.

WWF Global Freshwater Program director Jamie Pittock blamed the trend on pollution.

"River dolphins like the Irrawaddy are the water's watchdogs," Pittock

said. "This is a stark warning of poor water quality for dolphins and the people

who live from the river."

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all