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Save the Dolphins Campaign

Save the Dolphins Campaign

The Ministry of Tourism released a report on its new program to protect the Mekong

River Dolphin. Entitled "Journey of a Life", the report documents a trip

to the upper reaches of the Mekong River near the Lao border undertaken in April/May

1998 by a team of ministry officials led by Under Secretary of State Pou Sovachana.

The report notes that there may be as few as 60 dolphins remaining in the Mekong

in Stung Treng and Kratie provinces "when less than 40 years ago their were

hundreds if not thousands in this area."

The report notes that the dolphin population has been decimated by man-made pollution,

illegal fishing, grenades and gunfire.

The Ministry says that it "is determined to preserve this natural heritage and

will use the vehicle of tourism to educate and develop an awareness of the plight

of the dolphins."

Mekong River dolphins can weigh as much as 180 kgs and have a life span of up to

40 years. They can attain speeds of up to 42 kms per hour and travel in groups of

6 to 10 individuals. The report also notes that dolphins always have a smile.

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