Irrawaddy dolphin habitat overlaps strongly with severe threats from growing human activities. Irrawaddy dolphins are caught accidentally in gillnets in all areas where they have been studied. Habitat loss, degradation, tourist activity, deforestation and gold, sand, and gravel mining are also major contributing threats in many freshwater areas, especially from existing and planned dams in the Mekong and Ayeyarwady rivers. The countries where this species dwells are Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Burma, Laos, Philippines, Bangladesh, Brunei, India, and Malaysia. The species is described as ”endangered” by the World Conservation Union (IUCN).
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This species breeds only in a few spots on the Australian territory of Christmas Island in the …