WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Save Franciscana dolphins from extinction

The Franciscana dolphin is the most threatened dolphin in the Southwestern Atlantic. They live in coastal waters of Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina and are being driven to extinction by entanglement i fishing nets. Through research and community engagement, we want to give these dolphins a future.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1014705)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£3,000

Amount raised

£9,132

Donations

240

    Category

  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation

    Helping

Location

  • Franciscana are the smallest dolphin species in the world but they face so many threats. Please donate today and help protect them.

    — Miguel Iñíguez

  • Franciscana are the smallest dolphin species in the world but they face so many threats. Please donate today and help protect them.

    — Miguel Iñíguez

Situation

Franciscana are one of the smallest dolphin species in the world. They live in coastal waters where fishing activities have driven them to the brink of extinction. The biggest threat they face is getting accidentally entangled in fishing nets. They are also threatened by destruction of their home, pollution and climate change. The tiny population of Franciscana who live in the Rio Negro Estuary in Northern Patagonia are especially vulnerable - but we can save them!

Solution

Establishing a nature reserve in the dolphins' home will protect them from the deadly nets that threaten their future. Engagement with local communities is crucial for success, and we will work with authorities, the Chamber of Tourism, fishermen, teachers and the community - by education and awareness raising we will develop understanding of the threats the dolphins face and equip local people to protect them as well as establishing dolphin watching as a means of developing sustainable income.