This Years Theme: Sustaining All Life On Earth
"On World Wildlife Day 2020, we will celebrate the special place of wild plants and animals in their many varied and beautiful forms as a component of the world’s biological diversity. We will work to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits of wildlife to people, particularly to those communities who live in closest proximity to it, and we will discuss the threats they are facing..."
| From the official UN World Wildlife Day
River/ Freshwater Dolphins
The 6 species of river dolphins aren't strictly ocean inhabitants, they are thought to be descended from marine dolphins that invaded freshwater environments during high sea levels around 23 million to 5.3 million years ago. Most of these river dolphins are considered endangered or vulnerable.
The 6 species of River/ Freshwater Dolphin:
Amazon River Dolphins - Vulnerable - South America
Bolivian River Dolphins - Vulnerable - Bolivian Amazon
Tucuxi - Unknown - Amazon & Orinoco River Basins
Ganges River Dolphins - Endangered - India, Nepal, & Bangladesh
Indus River Dolphins - Endangered - Indus River, Pakistan
Irrawaddy Dolphins - Critically Endangered - South and Southeast Asia
Unlike their marine counterparts, the river dolphins are less active, swimming slower and rarely jumping out of the water, they also have poorer eyesight due to the murkiness of the water they inhabit. They are a great indication into how healthy the rivers and their eco systems are. If the freshwater dolphins populations are thriving and doing well then it is a good sign that the river and its inhabitants are in good condition. However, if their populations are decreasing it can be a sign that there is trouble within the ecosystem.
Freshwater dolphins face a range of threats depending on where they are in the world. For example irrawaddy dolphins, bolivian river dolphins and indus river dolphins are frequently at risk of getting entangled in fishing nets and lines. All species of river dolphins have seen changes to their habitats from the creation of dams fragmenting their populations and limiting the space they have to live. Most freshwater dolphins also are at risk from pollutions, both chemical, such as mercury pollution and runoff from agriculture, as well as industrial pollution and plastic.
Amazon river dolphins, also known as pink river dolphins are the biggest of the species growing up to 9 ft long...
Irrawaddy dolphins are on the rise again after efforts to remove ghost fishing gear:
Special Offer For World Wildlife Day
Keeping to the dolphin theme this month we have a special offer on our Dolphin Lover Scarves - when you buy one of these scarves you can get a second for FREE through our special buy one get one free offer.
Simply choose the two scarves you want in either navy, white or blue pop them in your cart and the discount will be applied when you go to check out your order.
Don't forget every month we are committed to donate 10% of sales to the incredible marine conservation charities, in the past we have supported The Dolphin Project along with many other amazing causes!