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International Otter Survival Fund WORLD OTTER DAY
#WorldOtterDay
Wednesday 25 May 2022

CELEBRATE OTTERS   -   RAISE AWARENESS   -   EDUCATE   -   FUNDRAISE   -   PROTECT
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It is never too early to start thinking about what you might do for World Otter Day 2022, so this is just a little nod in that direction.
Click over to our latest e-newsletter to find out what happened this year, and get some inspiration.
 
On our own we can do so little, TOGETHER WE CAN DO SO MUCH!  
 
 
 
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IOSF World Otter Day timeline... How it began:
It all started back in 2009 with Otterly Mad Week  -  a week of events, education and fun
In 2014 it became International Otter Awareness Day
And in 2016, evolved into the IOSF World Otter Day that we all know and love today.
 

 Our 2021 World Otter Day Grants were awarded to: 
  • Adriana Belen Vallejos, Estación Biológica Corrientes, Argentina               In the Corrientes región, home to the Neotropical otter, Adriana and her team will focus on three main sub-projects within the event: raising awareness of otters and wetland through visiting three local schools; wider awareness with a radio programme; research into the species on the Riachuelo River. The programme will increase awareness and knowledge of otters in the area and continue the work that has already been conducted by Adriana and the rest of the Estación Biológica Corrientes team.

  • Coffi Donald Dossou, Human Nature Projects Benin, Benin
    Raise awareness of otters, wetland and their conservation in the Ouémé Valley in Benin. This is an area that is known to have otter populations and raising the profile of these, as well as their benefits, will help with their long-term survival. Threats to both otters and wetland habitats will also be highlighted in order to help reduce these helping both otters and local communities too. 

  • Eswar Narayana, Janya Foundation, India
    This project is focusing on children, local communities and other interested individuals and organisations near the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh, India. During the event there will be an artwork competition, online quiz and a field site visit to the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is a wetland habitat famous for species such as Smooth-coated otters and Fishing cats. Participants will be taught vital monitoring techniques such as camera trapping and will be provided with education materials and other aspects to continue raising awareness after the project.

  • Sujita Dhakal, Global Youth Biodiversity Network, Nepal 
    This project will be a one-day sensitisation project focusing on fishing communities. The event will include presentations regarding otter identification, conservation in the local area and recording secondary signs such as spraints, tracks and other monitoring ideas. The area was chosen as it is known to have otters but recent studies have not been conducted. Therefore, it will inspire local communities to help conserve and monitor THEIR local otter populations and be at the forefront of otter and wetland conservation for their area.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the applicants for their time working on otter conservation in their respective areas.