The Mighty River Mekong

The Mighty River Mekong

The Mighty River Mekong

Mekong River means Mother Water. The 12th Longest River in the World The 7th Longest in Asia In full flood, it has the second highest volume of water – 2nd only to the Amazon.
The Mighty River Mekong
  • Meaning “Mother Water”
  • The 12th Longest River in the World
  • The 7th Longest in Asia
  • In full flood, it has the second highest volume of water – 2nd only to the Amazon
  • The volume of water varies by 45 x between the dry and wet season
  • Source of the River NE Himalayas – passes through, China, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & out into the South China Sea in Vietnam
  • Clean river, very low level of pollution (Carries a lot of sediment)
  • Number of Dams being constructed could have a disastrous impact on the River ecosystem
  • It also has over 850 species of Fish – 2nd only to the Amazon – (279 unique species to the Mekong)
  • Flooded Forest – Unique Eco-habitat between Kratie and Laos Border
    • The area between Kratie and Laos border has 97 deep pools up to 80 meters deep (the river floor is usually between 4 and 20 meters deep), these are unique Geomorphological structures where the fish breed and congregate and are therefore considered conservation areas
    • Prey Long borders the NE of the Kratie Mekong & is the largest lowland evergreen Jungle left in Asia, believed to be home to a large population of wild elephants & in critical danger from logging.
  • Irrawaddy Dolphin Dolphin Icon
    • Approximately 80 left believed a small increase on 2014 (77)
    • Identified by their dorsal fins (each unique)
    • Located in 9 deep pools between Kratie and Laos Border (up to the Kon Falls)
    • One of the most endangered animals on the planet
  • Native River Species Catfish Icon
    • Giant Catfish (300Kg or 660Ibs)
    • Giant sting Ray
    • Soft-back turtle
    • Siamese Crocodile (a small population believed to live between Stung Treng and Kratie)
  • Native Mammals Crocodile Icon
    • Smooth-coated otter
    • Hog and Eld’s Deer
    • Primate: Silver Langur
    • Mongoose and Samba

Illegal fishing along the Mekong River is the biggest threat to this unique habitat, gill nets deployed in protected areas not only catch fish but can get entangled in Dolphins, Turtles, other mammals and reptiles resulting in their drowning. Even worse is the use of Electrocution, a method of illegal fishing which kills everything in a radius of the electrodes, this is now the favored method of illegal fishermen on the Mekong. Conducted on an industrial scale with as many as 20-40 fishermen working together & run by organized crime.

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  • Native Birds
    • 6 species of Kingfisher
    • Common / Pied / Collard / Black-capped / white-throated / Stork bill
    • Cormorants (January-July) and Darters
    • Herons & Egrets
    • Bitterns, Storks, Crane & Ibis
    • Hornbills, hoopoe 8 species of woodpecker
    • Eagles, Buzzards, hawks, 3 varieties of Vultures
    • Green Peafowl (peacocks)

AND the most famous of them all………. What came first the Chicken or the egg?………No Red Junglefowl forefather of the Domestic Chicken – the most successful domestic animal in the world (20 billion at any one time). Only one Country and one Continent does NOT have the fowl. Their natural habitat is the banks of the Mekong River where they are ideally adapted to life, sleeping in trees with few predators and largely disease resistant it makes eating Chicken in Kratie the healthy organic option for meat lovers. 

Red Junglefowl

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