River Dolphins and WDC - an introduction

Amazon river dolphin - boto
Amazon river dolphin - boto
Most whales and dolphins live in the sea. But there is a small, unusual group of dolphins that live in fresh water rivers and lakes - the river dolphins. For over two decades, WDC has continuously supported river dolphin conservation and education programmes in partnership with local people in their own countries in South America and Asia.

For over 25 years, WDC has continuously supported river dolphin conservation projects and initiatives run by local people in their own countries in South America and Asia. Following the catastrophic extinction of the baiji in 2007, WDC is redoubling efforts to prevent the world's surviving river dolphins following the baiji down the road to extinction.

group of Amazon river dolphins swimming togetherWDCS supported an important South American regional river dolphin workshop which took place in Bolivia (2008). The workshop brought together conservation biologists, educators, researchers and some policy makers working on river dolphin issues from each country. The result was the creation of a South American regional action plan for river dolphin conservation. Complimentary national river dolphin action plans for each country have also been developed to express in more detail actions and measures needed to protect river dolphins locally.

WDC is currently working with a number of non-governmental groups (NGOs) and others in South America, funding river dolphin conservation work in Colombia, Bolivia and Brazil. WDC also contributed to an important initiative in on the Napo River (part of the Amazon) in Ecuador; and we are supporting plans for a new Education and Conservation centre in Peru.