India's first dolphin reserve to be set up in Bengal

India's first dolphin reserve to be set up in Bengal
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The 260km-long Hooghly river in West Bengal will house India's first community reserve to protect endangered dolphins in the Ganges river. A committee has been formed to examine how best this can be achieved.

"The committee will take a decision based on input from all stakeholders since it's a community reserve," said West Bengal's chief wildlife warden and principal chief conservator of forest Azam Zaidi. According to a World Wide Fund for Nature factsheet, there are fewer than 2,000 dolphins in the Ganga and Brahmaputra river system.


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