River dolphins under threat in Nepal


This video is called Campaign to save the Ganga dolphin.

From WWF:

Katmandu, Nepal – Six months of field research conducted by WWF along Nepal’s longer river, the Karnali, shows that river dolphin populations are stagnant and remain more endangered than ever.

River dolphins are some of the most endangered of all the world’s cetaceans and at risk of extinction from habitat loss, hunting by humans, and naturally low numbers.

Formerly quite abundant, the overall population of Ganges river dolphins (Platanista gangetica) is now probably fewer than 100 dolphins in Nepal, with the group of about 20 in the Karnali River.

Royal dictator banned International Women´s Day in Nepal in 2005: here.

Extremely Rare Indus Dolphin in Pakistan: here.

Yangtse river dolphin extinct: here.

4 thoughts on “River dolphins under threat in Nepal

  1. The king of Nepal is a George W. Bush ally.

    Associated Press reports:

    Nepal protesters defy curfew

    Sunday, April 9, 2006

    KATHMANDU Nepal (AP) — Police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters who defied a curfew in Nepal’s capital Sunday to demand the restoration of democracy in the Himalayan kingdom.

    The protests come despite the royal government’s threat to shoot anyone breaking the curfew, imposed Saturday to thwart persistent opposition protests against King Gyanendra’s seizure of absolute rule last year.

    Security forces killed two people and wounded at least five in clashes outside Kathmandu Saturday as increasingly violent protest spread across the country.

    Youths marched through Kathmandu’s streets Sunday and threw stones at police before being forced back by tear gas.

    At least 1,000 people assembled in one neighborhood, said a witness who watched the protest and declined to be named for fear of police reprisal.

    Large groups were reported to have taken part in protests in other neighborhoods as well.

    A much larger group marched from a suburb outside the curfew limits toward the capital.

    “We have gathered thousands of people and we are going to march ahead and break curfew orders,” said protest organizer Parsuram Pokhrel of the Nepali Congress, the country’s largest political party.

    The protests on Sunday came despite the extension by the government of a dawn-to-dusk curfew in the capital.

    See also United We Blog! from Nepal.

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