The much-awaited National Dolphin Research Centre (NDRC), a big step for the conservation of the endangered Gangetic river dolphin, will soon be a reality as the process to set it up has finally begun. The construction work on its building is likely to commence in Patna after the monsoon this year, officials said.
Where are dolphin found in India?
Assam – Dibru Saikhowa National Park
You can see the dolphins in the floodplains of the Brahmaputra river. If you are lucky, you may get a rare sight of the Pink River dolphin found in India, in the Brahmaputra river itself.
How many Ganges River dolphins are left?
After the extinction of the Yangtze dolphin, the Ganga dolphin is one of only three freshwater dolphins left in the world (China also classes the finless porpoise in this category). There are about 1,800 left in the Indian part of the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna basin, down from about 4,500 as recently as 1982.
Can we buy dolphin in India?
Cetaceans (dolphin or porpoise), penguins, otters and manatees are banned according to the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. It is also prohibited to keep or sell a few species of endangered fish. India might be known for snake charmers but it is illegal to own any native wildlife snake species here.
Are there crocodiles in Ganga river?
The river here is home to crocodiles and Gangetic dolphins, but numbers are not known. Though crocodiles are spotted in the river occasionally, it is arguably for the first time that one ventured into a human habitat, Tiwary said. Currents of the Ganga, which is in spate now, could have pushed the crocodile out.
How many river dolphins are left in the world 2020?
There are only five extant species of river dolphins left in the world today and they are all endangered or critically endangered. This is because pollution, dams, shipping and bycatch have taken their toll on this iconic species.