Giant River Otter

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Giant River Otter

Physical FeaturesHence its name the Giant Otter is the largest of the otter pecies in length. Its beautiful velvety, brown fur is dense and water proof, and that combined with its large webbed feet and wing like tail make it an ecxellent swimmer. Giant Otters have a cream colored patch on their chin that is believed to be unique to each otter.Their weight is usually between 22 and 32 kg and are from 1.5 to 1.8 m long.

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What can you do?You can help these otters by "adopting a river otter" at Defenders of Wildlife. Another way you can help these anilmals is by preventing. Global warming is hurting Giant Otters and you can help by lowering your carbon emmisions, planting trees, and saving energy.

ProblemThe Giant Otter is endangered and there are only between 1,000 to 5,000 left in thre wild. There are many causes of this rare animals decrease in population. They are habitat loss, death from fisheries, pollution, changes in ecosystems, human disturbance and poaching.These problems were first tracked when in 1960 to 1969 Giant Otter poaching reached its peak and it is believed over 40,000 otters were killed for their beautiful fur.

What is Being Done Being Done By Others CITES (Convention on International Trade In Endangered Species) prohibits poaching of Giant Otters and has been especialy helpful. Another way paople are helping Giant Otters is by researching ways to keep polution out of the rivers where they live. Tourism is also helping Giant Otters by helping to raise money for research.

What Does The Future Hold?With Giant Otter population on a rapid decline there is the chance that their population could be reduced by 50% in the next 20 years! However, with many conservation efforts underway there is some hope for this endangered animal. One good thing is that they appear to adapt well with most changes in the environment.

Giant River Otter

DonateFor more information on how you can adopt a river otter and other ways to donate at Defenders of Wildlife click here.

HabitatGiant River Otters live in South America east of the Andes Mountains. Their habitats are rain forest rivers and oxbow lakes. They biuld their dens on a clear, non-flooding bank.


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