Flagship species of the Greater Mekong | WWF

Flagship species of the Greater Mekong

From the Critically Endangered Mekong giant catfish navigating the Mekong River in Laos and Thailand to the elusive saola found in Vietnam's Annamite mountains, the Greater Mekong's mammals are rare and of global significance.
With once-plentiful species such as the tiger, elephant and rhinoceros now facing extinction, WWF is actively working to protect these animals through:
  • habitat conservation and preservation
  • supporting government action on the illegal wildlife trade
  • developing eco-tourism that provide communities with an economic incentive to preserve and conserve their natural heritage.


	© WWF / Martin Harvey
Indian tiger Captive Safari Park, Bangkok, Thailand.
© WWF / Martin Harvey
The largest combined wild tiger habitat on Earth is found in the forests of the Greater Mekong region. Covering 540,000 km2, these forest habitats are priority areas for tiger conservation efforts. 

Today, around 200 tigers prowl the forests of the region, down from around 1,200 in 1998. 

WWF is taking action to ensure that wild tigers never go extinct in the Greater Mekong region.

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Why should tigers be reintroduced to Cambodia?
A new species is discovered every 2 days on average in the Greater Mekong.

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This page lists the flagship species that WWF focuses on in the Greater Mekong.

► Also check out here other important species in the region


	© WWF Greater Mekong
The critically endangered Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphin.
© WWF Greater Mekong


	© WWF Laos
Asian elephant taking a bath in Xe Pian National Protected Area.
© WWF Laos


	© WWF / Zeb Hogan
The Mekong River's giant catfish can reach a maximum size of 3m in length and 300kg in weight.
© WWF / Zeb Hogan


	© WWF / David Hulse
Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis)
© WWF / David Hulse


	© Matt Hunt / Free the Bears
Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon, Nomascus gabriellae
© Matt Hunt / Free the Bears
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