The Year of the Dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin

Dolphins are very popular animals – they werden für … gehaltenare considered to be intelligent and friendly and they seem to play and smile all the time. There are almost 40 species of dolphins and watching them in their natürliche Umgebungnatural environment is an unvergessliche Erfahrungunforgettable experience. However, the future of these Meeressäugermarine mammals is in danger. Amongst the many Gefahren fürthreats to dolphins are Umweltverschmutzungenvironmental pollution, Lärmbelastungnoise pollution, Zerstörung des Lebensraumeshabitat destruction and industrielle Fischereiindustrial fishing: many dolphins die as Beifangbycatch in fishing nets or cannot find enough food aufgrund vondue to Überfischungoverfishing.

To protect dolphins from Aussterbenextinction, the United Nations have erklären zudeclared 2007 the Year of the Dolphin. With this campaign, the United Nations want to Menschen auf ... aufmerksam machenmake people aware of the many threats hier: denen Delfine ausgesetzt sinddolphins face. SchirmherrPatron of the Year of the Dolphin is Prince Albert II of Monaco. He says, “The Year of the Dolphin gives me the opportunity to renew my firm Engagement, Verpflichtungcommitment towards protecting marine Artenvielfaltbiodiversity. With this strong initiative we can etwas verändern könnenmake a difference to save these fascinating marine mammals from the brink of extinction.”

Throughout the year, there will be lots of projects and initiatives. You will surely find information on the official pages or on the pages of some of the partners of the Year of the Dolphin, e.g. the WDCS or TUI. But also smaller organisations sich widmenare committed to the protection of whales and dolphins, for example the Swiss foundation firmm. In Tarifa, Spain, firmm offers courses for everyone who wants to learn about dolphins and watch them in their natural environment. In Morocco, the foundation is building a Dolphin Resort where stranded marine mammals will gepflegt werdenbe cared for and where gefangene Delfinecaptive dolphins from zoos and dolphin centres can spend their Lebensabendold age in a natürliche Umgebungnatural habitat.

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