Amazon River Dolphin Conservation Foundation
|Amazon River Dolphins are classified as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the Red List of Threatened Species™ (version 2022-1)|
Amazon River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) – Endangered *
- Amazon River Dolphins, also known as “Botos,” can be found in the Amazon River system. They average 6.5 feet in length and are often a rosy pink color.
- Botos are the largest of only 4 river dolphin species. Their gestation averages 13 months and calves will stay with their mothers anywhere from 1-6 years.
- Unlike its other marine mammal counterparts, the Amazon River Dolphin has unfused neck vertebrae which allows them to turn their head completely from side to side!
- The greatest threat to the Amazon River Dolphin is human activity. This dolphin is currently being illegally hunted, to use as bait to attract catfish.
Our mission is to conserve the Amazon river dolphin and its environment through research, education and collaboration.
Amazon River Dolphin Conservation Foundation (ARDCF) is a 501c3 non-profit organization, founded in 2014, that supports local efforts to protect a storied species and its rainforest ecosystem.
Building upon the wisdom of Amazon traditions, practices and beliefs with findings from modern conservation biology, Amazon River Dolphin Conservation Foundation works to preserve the river dolphin from the corrosive pressures of outside, usually foreign interests that threaten the survival of the dolphins and their world.
The fates of dolphins and people have been entwined for millennia. Amazon River Dolphin Conservation Foundation promotes healthy, natural interactions between dolphins and people that protect both animals and people, sustain local culture, and transform visitors to ardent Amazon conservationists.
[* current IUCN Red List Category]
(photos by ARDCF)
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