By ALICE CHEKUNOVA, age 10

PHOTO: WWF
PHOTO: WWF

The population of the Irrawaddy dolphin in Laos is down to five. There are only about 85 left in the entire Mekong River, mostly in the section that runs through Cambodia. The dolphins are threatened by illegal fishing as well as plans to build a large dam in Laos. The World Wildlife Fund is calling for an end to illegal fishing and strict regulation of boat traffic in the area.