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22 April 2019 - The new otter facilities are coming

Submitted by: Grace

New otter facilities

As you can see the new building for the otter facilities is up. We are delighted with it and it will make a big difference to the otter care.

Next we have to do the fencing and we will start work on that this week.

Thanks to all who have contributed to make this a reality.

19 April 2019 - Mixed emotions from the sanctuary

Submitted by: Ben

It’s been a week of good and bad from the sanctuary this week.

Following the release of Aeris and Beatha last week it was time to say our farewells to Mel.
As always, it is great to see all of our hard work pay off and get an otter back to the wild and back where it belongs. Mel took the time to enjoy all his new smells and surroundings as he explored the loch-side of his new home before escaping into shrubbery for some shade, a true trait of his!

Mel - release

Click Here to see a short video of his release.

On the other side of all the happiness was the devastating news that our latest little otter ‘Storm’ didn’t make it. After showing such early promise it was a heart-breaking shock to discover that he had died on Sunday morning. Cardiff University have carried out a post-mortem and can't find any cause of death - which makes it that little bit harder.

Unfortunately that is the nature of the rehab centre and we can't save them all but it certainly doesn’t make it any easier when one of them passes away.

12 April 2019 - Storm

Submitted by: Ben

He has a name! After a week long vote to determine the best name and the eventual winner, IOSF's new otter is called Storm! Quite a fitting name given he came in shortly after a storm.

Congratulations to Emily Campbell, of Broadford Primary School, for picking the best name!


11 April 2019 - Goodbye to Aeris and Beatha

Submitted by: Ben

It was finally time to say goodbye to our charismatic duo, Aeris and Beatha. The two otters had spent their last year or so in our care but it was time to let them go and be where they belong, in the wild.

Ready for release

As is the case with all the otters their different characters shone through all the way to the release. Beatha, the more independent and confident of the two, came out of her box, scampered across the pebble beach before swimming off into the distance. To watch a brief video of her swimming away, please click here

Aeris, the more reserved and shy, spent her time exploring the beach and getting to know her new surroundings.

We always love releasing them back to the wild as all the hard work has paid off! These otters, as with all otters, deserve their place in the wild and we are glad to return them there.

Aeris release

Aeris exploring

Beatha release

Beatha wasn't sticking around

Thanks to Phil and his family for their hard work getting Beatha into our care. And Sarah and her team for doing similar with Aeris.

09 April 2019 - IOSF World Otter Day 2019 Raffle

Submitted by: Helen

World Otter Day is on Wednesday 29th May. One of the ways you can support this is to join in our raffle.

Here are some of the great prizes to be won:
Raffle prizes

Raffle prizes

• An Otter Watching Day for two people on the Isle of Skye (click here for details)
• A patinated cold cast bronze low relief sculpture by the artist David Burt
• A Royal Crown Derby otter paperweight (boxed)
• A Call For Nature otter t-shirt, designed by conservationist Mike Matthews
• A bottle of Mossburn Speyside Blended Whisky from the Torabhaig Distillery, Isle of Skye
• A Border Fine Art figurine (pre-owned, not boxed)
• A signed copy of "Otters of the World" by Paul and Grace Yoxon
• An IOSF Otter Adoption Gift Box
• An Oscar Junior plush toy by Dora Designs
• A bottle of Talisker Storm Single Malt Whisky from the Talisker Distillery, Isle of Skye

* Does not include transport to Skye or accommodation

For a chance to win one of these otterly delightful prizes, and to help IOSF secure a better future for otters in the UK and around the world, please click here

Tickets cost just £5 each and are available from Grace’s JustGiving fundraising page. Make sure before you confirm your donation, that you tick the box alongside "I'm happy to be contacted by Grace Yoxon ". Justgiving can then share your contact details with us and we can issue you with a ticket number. The last entries will be accepted on June 5th 2019 and the draw will take place on June 6th 2019. All winners will be notified by email.

Good luck!

05 April 2019 - IOSF World Otter Day Grants 2019 Awarded

Submitted by: Helen


This year we were again able to offer three £100 grants towards the cost of putting on an event or carrying out education work, as part of a World Otter Day event. Again, we have received many applications from around the world for interesting an varied projects. We want to thank everyone who submitted an application and appreciate their support.

Well, we certainly had a difficult time selecting the three projects to award the grants to, but now we are happy to announce the winning submissions as:

- Leona Wai, Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC), Malaysia who is planning to a human-otter conflict workshop with the fishermen in Batu Puteh, Kinabatangan, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia.

- Ana Maria Montes Ferro, Natural Reserve and Research Facility, Palmarí, Javary Basin of the Brazilian amazon, will be organising a celebration of the Giant Otter and the Neotropical Otter for the World Otters’ Day with local children.

- Karanta Camara, Bird Watchers Association The Gambia - will be working with rural communities and fishermen to gain their observations and records of otters in the creeks of the Boabolong Wetland area.

An anonymous donation of a further £100 has been received and as such IOSF has been able to award a fourth grant to
- Kiengkai Khoonsrivong from Lao PDR - who will be raising awarness of the fur and pet trade and promoting otter conservation to students and local communities.

Congratulations to you all.

03 April 2019 - Our latest e-update is online

Submitted by: Grace

Catch up with all the latest news at the Sanctuary and all other ottery news in latest e-update

03 April 2019 - Gearing up for IOSF's WORLD OTTER DAY

Submitted by: Grace

Map for World Otter Day events

People all over the world are gearing up for IOSF's WORLD OTTER DAY on 29 May 2019.

We now have an interactive map online which shows where people are planning events.

So send us the details of what you will be doing so that we can add it to the map.

As you know, we welcome any activities - large or small - they all help to make people more aware of otters and their importance in our world.


01 April 2019 - New cub

Submitted by: Ben

Meet our new arrival!

He was found near Ardgour on the western shore of Loch Linnhe. He was initially very cold and very weak. After some excellent care from the Crown Vets facility in Fort William IOSF eventually received him last week to continue his rehab.

Initially eating salmon soup the little otter is now feeding himself on small chunks of salmon and is getting feistier every time we see him.

IOSF would like to take the opportunity to thanks the Crowns Vets team in Fort William for looking after him and helping to transfer him to use on Skye.

New Cub


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