November 21, 2017

Fourth Ayeyawady dolphin tour in dolphin conservation area begins

An Ayeyawady dolphin seen at a conservation area near Mandalay. Photo: Supplied
An Ayeyawady dolphin seen at a conservation area near Mandalay. Photo: Supplied

The fourth Ayeyawady dolphin tour in a dolphin conservation area kicked off last Sunday for tourists and locals with an interest in exploring nature and the livelihoods of fishermen, according to on 6 November’s report of Myawady Daily.
A dolphin watching tour commenced on 15th October, the fourth time that tourists and locals were taken on guided tours. A total of 21 tourists and four local visitors have taken part.
It is hoped this eco-tourism effort will result in increasing numbers of tourists and local visitors to observe endangered dolphins, eco-villages and fishermen. This tour aims to reduce the possible threat to endangered dolphins, said U Thant Zin, the eco-tourism manager of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
This Ayeyawady-dolphin based tour includes two-day or three-day trips from Mandalay to Singaing. In addition to dolphin watching, eco-tourists can also observe fishing, traditional businesses such as pottery making and bamboo hat production businesses.
During high season last year, more than 290 tourists and 400 local visitors visited dolphin conservation areas. This year is expected to host more visitors.
Ayeyawady dolphin conservation activities were launched by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Fishery Department. A total of 72 dolphins were discovered in 2011 and 2014, whereas only 60 dolphins were found in previous years. — GNLM

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