world otter day 2020!

Learn about otters online

Download my 'Worksheet for children' for this presentation here

How you can help otters

Around the world!

HELP UK OTTERS

UK Wild Otter Trust (WOT)

The UK Wild Otter Trust provide the means for anyone to help otters in the UK. Through donating, adopting and their Young Ambassador program, you can help Eurasian otters all over the UK and become a member of Team Lutra!

SUPPORT RESEARCH

Cardiff University Otter Project

The Cardiff University Otter Project undertake fundamental research on Eurasian otters (L. lutra), from understanding their populations in England and Wales, toxicology, diet, communication, parasitology etc. You can get involved and help support their research by donating and volunteering with hands-on post-mortem analysis.

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DONATE, ADOPT & OUTREACH

International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF)

The IOSF undertake incredible work to understand, protect and fight for the wild lives of all otters. Here, you can donate to their research, adopt an otter and help their rehabilitation work. There are also many ways you can help that don't involve money too! View the the toolkit here for a quick and easy guide on how to help otters.

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RESEARCH, INTERN & ART

Wild Otters

Wild Otters are a wildlife research and conservation non-profit based in Goa, India, dedicated to otter ecology, conservation biology and behaviour. Wild otters offer volunteerships, workshops, internships and online internships for the current circumstances. Check out their 'Otter Collective' initiative, on how to help otters through the use of art!

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UNIQUE WAYS TO HELP OTTERS

The River Otter Ecology Project

The River Otter Ecology Project are a research non-profit dedicated to understanding and conserving otters in the San Francisco Bay area. They undertake community-based research too, so you can volunteer and help river otters in the Bay. Their website is full of unique ideas on how to help otters, how to become an otter scientist yourself and educational resources on river otters!

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HELP SEA OTTERS

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium house a sea otter research and rehabilitation centre. They study both wild and learn from rehabilitated otters, contributing to understanding their behaviour, biology, physiology and population in Monterey Bay, California. There are many ways to help with their research and rehabilitation on their website, they even have a volunteer programme where you can gain valuable experience in otter care and research in sunny Monterey!

International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF)

Children's presentation

This informative presentation, created by the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) introduces the species of otters around the world, their ecology and their role within the environment. Suitable for aged 8+

Cardiff University Otter Project

Children's presentation - food chain

This interactive and short presentation made by the Cardiff University Otter Project focuses on understanding the food chain process as a whole, including otters as a top predator. Suitable for K3/4

UK Wild Otter Trust (WOT)

Mini Modules

This resource packet created by the UK Wild Otter Trust includes information on otters around the world, otters in the UK, their ecology, biology, threats, role and adaptations. It includes a quiz at the end of every module. Highly recommend for some in-depth learning!

IUCN Otter Report 2018

The Global Otter Conservation Stratgey

If you'd like to learn more about otters around the world, their current treats and conservation efforts, this report is for you! Created by the IUCN Otter Specialist Group, this extensive report covers all 13 species of otter and summarises their future conservation objectives and research.

Cardiff University Otter Project

Children's presentation - Bioaccumulation

This presentation is a fantastic insight into otters and toxic contaminants in our water ways. It introduces bioaccumulation, how contaminants affect otters and the wider effects of bioaccumulation. A great presentation to get the children really thinking on their own! There are two versions: 1=lower abaility, 2=higher ability.

how to help otters toolkit

The International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) have created a document to make helping otters easy! View the PDF below.

Learn about the illegal otter trade

The International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) have created a PDF to learn about the illegal otter trade and ways you can help fight it!

Why not get the children involved?

Otter drawing competition! Get the children drawing otters and describing why otters are important! Then, send them in to me!