Already classified as critically endangered and on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’ Red List, Irrawaddy dolphins now face further extinction. A new hydropower dam to be built in the Mekong River at the border of Laos PDR and Cambodia upstream from the dolphins’ habitat will hasten the dolphins' extinction.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is asking the public to help save the dolphins.
Dolphin advocates worry about “the degradation of the declining dolphin habitat, the fragmentation of the already low population, the interruption of current dolphin and their prey’s migration patters and the dam’s construction disturbances.”
While the WWF was able to halt the construction of the dam and force the Laos government to answer the concerns of the public, the fight to save the Irrawaddy dolphins is far from over.
Let's continue to support this campaign and ask Laos government to conduct further studies on the Don Sahong project's environmental and social impacts.