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All about otters!

Whilst working with a pair of Asian small clawed otters (Aonyx cinereus) for four years previous to my work here at the vivarium, I developed a keen interest and a soft spot for the species, so when at the start of the year I came across an opportunity to get involved with the work of the IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group I grabbed it, and have since been a part of a team of volunteers helping to produce content for their Facebook and Instagram pages.

The Otter Specialist Group (OSG) is part of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The objective of the group is to coordinate and bring together researchers all over the world to promote global otter conservation.

Source: Mersey Rivers Trust

Like amphibians, otters are present in almost every continent and are also at high risk of extinction, some species more than others. Only 50 years ago, the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra), Britain’s only species of otter, came close to extinction and although faring better than many other species of otter, they are still classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN today, and although a rare sight, an otter was spotted in the River Irwell in Salford last year!

The OSG are working to make news and information readily available regarding global otter situations through their Facebook page, Instagram feed and website. We like to have a little fun too! On our Instagram feed, we celebrate otters, championing individuals, organisations and even whole countries that succeed in aiding otter conservation, research and education.

We explore the presence of otters in folklore, art and literature, and share sightings of wild otters across the world, so there’s something to interest, educate and entertain everyone! If you don’t love and appreciate otters already, you will after exploring the below links:

OSG Instagram

OtterSpecialistGroup.org

OSG Facebook

One Response

  1. I’m glad I read your post and will be following the otter Insta. I’ve loved and sponsored otter conservation since I was a kid and was so pleased we had an otter spotted in the river Irwell, especially as I come from Manchester.

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