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The Gangetic Dolphin Conservation Group (GDCG)  is a non-profit advocacy group to raise public awareness about Gangetic Dolphins, their habitats and conservation efforts.

The objective is also to collate and share information about various conservation efforts related to the Gangetic dolphin and where possible provide “on the ground” assistance, to help in the conservation of highly endangered marine animals in the Indian subcontinent along River Ganges and its tributaries.

About the Gangetic Dolphin:
“The Gangetic Dolphin or the Ganges River Dolphin (Platanista gangetica gangetica) is one of two sub-species of freshwater or river dolphins found in the Indian Subcontinent.

It is found mainly in the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers and their tributaries in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. It is recognised by the Indian Government as the National Aquatic Animal.

The Gangetic Dolphin is listed by the IUCN as an “endangered” species on their Red List of Threatened Species.

The main threats to the species include pollution along the river due to industrial and agricultural chemicals, entanglement in fishing nets and killing for oil and meat which is used as a liniment, as an aphrodisiac and as bait for catfish.

The most important factor for the decline of dolphin numbers is the building of several dams along the Ganges river and its tributaries, causing a segregation of populations, and a narrowing of the gene pool.

In National Chambal Sanctuary, the decrease in river depth and the appearance of sand bars causes danger to the dolphins as the river is divided into small segments.”
(Extracted from Wikipedia)

“Experts estimate the current population of Ganges River Dolphins at around 2,000, with about half of these in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says that in the 1980s, there were around 3,500 in the delta region alone.

According to WWF, the range of the Ganges River Dolphin covers seven states – Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The upper Ganga (in Uttar Pradesh), Chambal (Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh), Ghaghra and Gandak (Bihar and Uttar Pradesh), Ganga from Varanasi to Patna (Uttar Pradesh and Bihar), Sone and Kosi (Bihar), Brahmaputra from Sadia (foothills of Arunachal Pradesh) up to Dhubri (on the Bangladesh Border) and Kulsi River, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, form its ideal habitats.

The Ganges River Dolphin is one of four freshwater dolphin species in the world. The other three are found in the Yangtze river in China, the Indus in Pakistan and the Amazon in South America.

(Source: ThaiIndian)

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