The Ayeyarwady Dolphin is used as a mascot for the 19th AUG, which will be held in Nay Pyi Taw in 2018. The dolphin is the supreme symbol of good luck, used in many ASEAN member countries. This kind of species can be found in the Ayeyarwady River flowing in Myanmar, in the Mahakam River running in Indonesian Borneo, and in the Mekong River winding through Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and even China.
The dolphin is also said to be one of the most intelligent animals across the world. Dolphins are lovely, lively and friendly. They are helpful, peaceful and beautiful as well. So the dolphin is used to represent the characteristics of the youth from ASEAN universities, like friendliness, liveliness, kindness and helpfulness. Dolphins are extraordinarily intelligent animals, which help fishermen as well as people in trouble in the sea.
The dolphins can now be classed as an endangered species. The main purpose of using the dolphin as a mascot for this event is to prevent them from becoming extinct in the river or sea.