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2018 World Otter Day Events #worldotterday

Scoail media proved a strong tool on World Otter Day. As a result of so many of you joining in we saw #worldotterday trending on Twitter and hopefully had more people in the world thinking about otters in a positive way.

Please remember, always use #worldotterday in your social media.

People in over 20 countries celebrated #worldotterday with us,and there are still a small number of fundraising events to take place.

Our world map and text below, provides an indication of how popular this special day is, and how it is growing each year.

Thank you everyone.

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1. Sri Lanka - otter awareness educational day for 300 school children in Sigiriya area. Distribution of otter story books to school libraries.

2. Africa:
Uganda - survey for otter over 10km of Nile river, involving local communities.
3. UK:
Wales
- Cardiff - Otter Post Mortem live stream from Cardiff University.

Scotland -
- Isle of Mull - Mull Otter Group is celebrating at Bunessan Primary School with a day full of ottery activities, raising awareness with the "otter champions of the future".
- Perthshire, Auchingarrich - at the Wildlife Centre there will be a talk by the otter keeper raising awareness of WOD and IOSF.
- the Small Isles of Muck (28/5), Eigg (29/5) and Rum (30/5), and Arisaig (31/5) - IOSF is making educational visits to the preimary schools to talk to the children about otters and IOSF.
- Oban and Loch Lomond SEA LIFE Centres will be raising awareness about the work of IOSF and otters at the feeding demonstrations at the otter enclosures, throughout May.
- Aberdeen - Powis Community Centre. Andy Coventry's talk 'The Urban Otter' on May 25.
- Glasgow - Sauchiehall Street - #LushLabs (Lush Cosmetics) will be fundraising.

England
- Sheffield - Muddy Faces - outdoor events and education.
- Farnham - The Otter Wey project - art trail and activities.
- Scarborough, Hunstanton, Gweek and Weymouth SEA LIFE Centres will be raising awareness about the work of IOSF and otters at the feeding demonstrations at the otter enclosures, throughout May. Scarborough and Weymouth will also be completing distance challenges on World Otter Day itself and in Hunstanton they will be doing additional otter enrichment activites throughout the week of 28 May.
- Waterlooville - the Library at The Precinct is organising an Otter Day for children during half term. There will be crafts to gt involved in and, of course, books.
- Dr Daniel Allen will be making 13 tweets (for 13 otter species) @Dr_Dan_1 to raise awareness.
- Skipton - Blue Otter Boats recently held an event to raise awareness for World Otter Day.
- Brentwood - Old MacDonald's Farm & Fun Park will be raising awareness and funds and giving talks throughout the day. Check out their Facebook page @omdfarm
- Croydon - long time supporter Grace Onions, together with friends and families, walked along the River Wandle collecting for World Otter Day, with their decorated collecting buckets and banners.
- Shropshire - Wildlife Trust - promoted the importance of clean water and submitting otter sightings, training volunteers in surveying for otter signs and maintaining an otter distribution map.

Northern Ireland
- Portaferry - Exploris Aquarium Otter MAYhem 28 May.

4. Montenegro - Skadar Lake National Park. Educational otter awareness day including setting camera trap and TV coverage.

5. Australia
- Budjarn is raising awareness and selling ottery goods at his college.
- Perth Zoo - 4 eight week old Asian small clawed otter cubs receive their first vet check.

6. USA:
- Kansas, Witchita - Twitch Charity Stream on Tiltify. Support SpaceOtterSplash building an otter sanctuary playing Ark: Survival Evolved.
- San Francisco - the River Otter Ecology Project are doing two talks in different areas of San Francisco.
- Illinois - Aurora - will be carrying out a clean-up of the waterways - rivers, steams and ditches.
- Alaska, Anchorage - Distance learning material and Otter Field Trip focus for entire month of June.
- Texas, Victoria - Texas Zoo, 'Wotter Day - Kick Off to Summer Bash' - Inflattable water slides so kids can play in water 'just like an otter'. Local museums will have otter games. Making of otter crafts, education on otters and raising funds for IOSF.
- Delaware - Sun Otter Tours - Fundraiser and education - funds going to Delaware River Otter Habitat Restoration.
- Massachusetts, Stoneham - Stone Zoo - otter awareness.
- New Orleans - Audubon Zoo is celebrating World Otter Day. Look out for the otter mascot to have your photo with!
- Ohio - Akron Zoo has an otter event "Ode to Otters" happening on Saturday 26 May and there will be lots happening.
- NBC Bay Area - promoted World Otter Day https://www.nbcbayarea.com/blogs/worth-the-trip/A-Very-Happy-World-Otter-Day-484003381.html

7. Nepal:
- Karnali River - three month ban of fishing to aid conservation of all river wildlife, including otters.
- Pokhara - Presentation to University students on Otters in Nepal to include findings from recent research with particular focus on the Smooth-coated otter in Bardia National Park.
- Kanchanpur -Bhanu Chowk, Mahendranagar - between 6:30 am -8:30 am Balram Awasthi has organised an Otter conservation awareness cycle rally between Siddhanath Science Campus to Jhalari City (and return) 40km. Also a signature gathering event in Mahendranagar city.

8. Indonesia:
Cempedak Island - will be raising awareness and promoting otter conservation, utilising the IOSF video and social media.

9. Argentina - Rio Negro, Bariloche, Nahuel Huapi Lake. 15 June “Día del Huillín y de su ambiente” (Day of the southern river otter and its habitat). Raising awareness of the species and its conservation with events for children including music and art.

10. Tanzania:
- Sokoine University of Agriculture. Martin Joseph will be raising awareness and promoting otter conservation through public lecture, leaflets and social media.
- Sengerema District, Mwanza. Oliver Katembo with JGI, Roots & Shoots organisation creating awareness and discussion about the otters at local schools and clubs.
- William Mmgomo will be raising awareness and promoting World Otter Day.

11. Brasil - São Paulo, 27 May Peônia Pereira, Sorocaba Zoo, will publish an article for children in local paper about otters and World Otter Day.

12. Quatemala - Aurora Zoo, Quatemala City. There will be a talk about otters and related activities at the otter exhibit.

13. Russia:
- Novosibirsk Zoo - Education and awareness raising.

14. France:
- Camille de Meyer gives 1€ to IOSF for each piece of jewellery she sells from her website www.mustelidee.com For World Otter Day she will be sending her special Mustélidée's otter card for every jewellery sold between May 28 and June 3.

15. Cambodia
- Sokrith Heng is and will be posting on the Conservation International Greater Mekong Facebook page.

16. Mexico
- Veracruz - Dr Pablo Hernandez Romero has organised two events at the Aquarium. Fun awareness workshops for children and conservation information panels about the Neoptropical otter.

17. China
- Chimelong Ocean Kingdom ( HOK) - will be promoting otter conservation in line with their enrichment and education narration and relevant programmes.
- Hong Kong - Sharne
- for Wetlands International - For Wetlands International - Southwestern Mountain- Civil Society promoted the IOSF event across the China through their soical media platform and introduced the otters around the world with photos and texts. Also, local NGOs-Shanshui conservation centre posted to celebrated World Otter Day.

18. Portugal
- Lisbon - Lorenzo Quaglietta will be involved in taking local Portuguese people along the coast to look for otter signs and rise awareness about otters and freshwater ecosystems conservation.

19. Bangladesh
- Dhaka - Jagannath University - Delip K. Das (Bisharga) is organizing a seminar to create awareness in his Department.

20. Switzerland
- Zoo de La Chaux de Fonds - will be holding a fundraiser and raising awareness event.

21 - India
- Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh, India. This awareness event will include students, local communities, NGOs and other sectors. This area has the second largest Mangroves in East coast of India after Sundarbans and is a safe heaven for Indian Smooth-coated Otters and Fishing Cats. Proudly organized by Government of India- Government of Andhra Pradesh- UNDP-GEF- EGREE Foundation in collaboration with Andhra Pradesh Forest Department in association with IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group.

22 - Italy
- Cattolica - Aquarium of Cattolica - see the three otters Eva, Marta and Costanza at feeding times 10:15, 12:00 am, 4:00 pm and learn about this species and World Otter Day. Information and details will be on the Aquarium website https://www.acquariodicattolica.it/lontre.php along with a press release.

23 - Romania
- Doaga village - on 1 June 2018 the Association for Biological Diversity Conservation will organize an event on a nearby lake. A raft of recycled plastic bottles used to highlight pollution and habitat degredation, and there will be fun and games for the school children.

24 - Laos
Kiengki Khoonsrivong, is celebrating World Otter Day with friends and colleagues.

25 - Japan
- Osaka - Kaiyukan Aquarium promoted World Otter Day providing talks about the Japanese river otter and the threats to otters by the illegal fur trade.