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MY GANGA, MY DOLPHIN

WWF-India, in partnership with the State Forest Department of Uttar Pradesh and under the aegis of the HSBC- supported Rivers for Life, Life for Rivers program is conducting a 3 day awareness program in and around Uttar Pradesh to raise awareness about the Ganges River Dolphin from 5th-7th October 2012.

The campaign involves the following activities:
  • a survey of the number of dolphins across approximately a 3000km stretch of the Ganges and its key tributaries (Yamuna, Son, Ken, Betwa, Ghagra, and Geruwa)
  • awareness programs for local communities in and around the banks of the Ganga for the conservation of the aquatic mammal
  • capacity building of stakeholders associated with the conservation of the Ganges River Dolphin

The campaign will be flagged of on 5th October 2012 by Raja Aridaman Singh, Hon’ble Minister of Transport, Uttar Pradesh.

Shri Akhilesh Yadav, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh will also grace the occasion on 7th October 2012 and declare the total number of dolphins found during the three day survey.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Ganges River Dolphin (Platanista gangetica) commonly known as the "Susu" or “Soons” is an endemic fauna of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna river systems
  • It is one of the four freshwater dolphins of the world
  • The Ganges river dolphin prefers to stay in the deep waters in and around the confluence of two or more rivers
  • 'Susu' shares its habitat with crocodiles, freshwater turtles and wetland birds many of which are fish eaters and are potential competitors with dolphins
  • Often known as the “Tiger of the Ganges” the river dolphin is an indicator animal, which has the same position in a river ecosystem as a tiger in a forest