The Indus River Dolphin

The following two articles are from the conference held recently in Lahore Pakistan on “Re-doPakistan” ,organised through;

www.OtherAsias.com

The Indus River Dolphin

There is a wonderful rare dolphin in the Indus River that could become extinct as in the Yantese River in China. These animals are a good indication of the health of the river, if they die out it shows that too much water has been siphoned off and also that it could be polluted. They are also part of the heritage of Pakistan, a joy for our children to see and a source of pride and income from tourism for the local people. Various groups are trying to look after them and their web addresses etc are included below.

These paintings were inspired originally by a large work done for the group WDCS, in Speyside, where the indigenous dolphins that live in the Moray Firth in Scotland are at risk from drilling for oil in their habitat. My painting can be seen there and the charity uses the image to help raise funds. It led to researching the dolphins in Pakistan and hoping that people will want to preserve Indus River ones for future generations.

indus dolphinpainting

www.sustainableart.co.uk

Marisa Rehana Samiullah Mann

REFERENCES

Pakistan Wetlands Program: http://www.pakistanwetlands.org

www.animalinfo.org/species/cetacean/platmino.htm –

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indus_River_Dolphin

indus dolphins

http://www.wdcs.org/submissions_bin/indus_river_dolphins_pakistan.pdf –

http://www.defence.pk/forums/general-images-multimedia/20511-indus-river-dolphin-endangered-freshwater-river-dolphin.html

http://indusdolphin.org.pk/about/

http://www.panda.org/about_wwf/what_we_do/freshwater/publications/index.cfm?uNewsID=21901

http://www.wwfpak.org/sc_indusriverdolphin.php

This group is helping people and dolphins showing how less water and agrochemicals can be used in growing rice and cotton

http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.wildlifeofpakistan.com/indusdolphin3.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.wildlifeofpakistan.com/RiverDolphin.html&h=262&w=450&sz=15&hl=en&start=6&um=1&tbnid=3YTROa5u-FtbiM:&tbnh=74&tbnw=127&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dindus%2Briver%2Bdolphin%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26channel%3Ds%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-GB:official

an image and write up about the dolphin

Email: sajjad.musavi@gmail.com

An Urdu speaking group

This group helps local people ;

http://indusdolphin.org.pk/about/urdu/urdu_01.asp [urdu version]

http://un.org.pk/undp/sgp/green-pioneers/chap-15.htm

http://indusdolphin.org.pk/river_dolphins/ [some also seen near Amritsar]

“Tragedy of the Yangtze Dolphin” New Scientist, 15 September 2007,UK,Lacon House,84 Theobald’s Road, London, WCIX8NS

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