Otters in the World are in trouble

12 of the 13 species of otter are declining in the world

The International Otter Survival Fund rolls out its otter training workshop to the Continent of Africa, after successful workshops over the last 7 years in Asia. From the 20-25 July delegates from 10 African countries will meet at the College for Wildlife Management at Mweka, Tanzania, to be trained in otter conservation and ecology. Urgent global action must be taken to save the world's otters before some species are lost for ever, according to Scottish-based conservationists from the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF). Eleven of the world's 13 otter species are declining, some critically, and many countries have already reported local extinctions. On the African continent there are 4 species of otter and all are threatened by pollution, habitat loss and disturbance. In Africa only 8 people at present work on otters but after this workshop more people will be trained into taking otter conservation further on this great continent. Now the founders of the International Otter Survival Fund, say that worldwide conservation efforts must recognise the plight of smaller, less iconic, animals alongside the bigger and better-known tigers, pandas, elephants and rhinos. Dr Paul Yoxon who set up the charity in 1993 says "This is the first of many workshops in Africa as we need to instill the importance of otter conservation to rangers and wildlife managers on this continent"

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