Rescue guide for Ganges River Dolphin

Rescue guide for Ganges River Dolphin


  • The Jal Shakti Ministry has released a guide for the safe rescue and release of stranded Ganges river dolphins.
  • The document has been prepared by the Turtle Survival Alliance and the Environment, Forest and Climate Change Department (EFCCD) of the Uttar Pradesh Government.
  • The manual is endorsed by the IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group.

About the Ganges Dolphin:

  • The Ganges river dolphin is the national aquatic animal of India.
  • It is listed as ‘endangered’ under the IUCN Red List Assessments, Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act (1972), Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
  • The species, whose global population is estimated at 4,000, is mostly found in the Indian subcontinent.
  • The Ganges river dolphin can only live in freshwater and is essentially blind.


  • The dolphins often accidentally enter canals in northern India and are unable to swim up against the gradient. They are also vulnerable to harm by people.
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