Why conserve otters?

Following on from the international otter conservation congress in August 2014, this is our first page dedicated to answering the question of “why conserve?” We begin with the 13 species of otters.

Nathan, Why Conserve, UK:

“We need water to survive. Therefore, conserving the otter and its habitat is critical to our survival.

“Otter poo naturally fertilises trees and shrubs, creating homes for bugs which are food for other animals.

“Scientists and tourists are attracted to areas with otters, and their visits contribute to the local economy.

“Losing otters means losing fish, because the otter eats the fish predators and so gives the fish chance to reproduce.

“Seeing an otter in the wild is quite spectacular and such a privileged moment which will never be forgotten.”

Please add your comments below, answering the question of “Why conserve otters?”

We will be adding selected responses to those above and may share them online and offline. Please submit as many contributions as you would like to, adding your first name, occupation and location if you are happy doing so. This is to give personality to the stories and will allow us to connect with them in a way which is not possible without the presence or identity of the storyteller.

However, all anonymous contributions will be respected as such.

Sharing more than a few words, or want to send us a picture, video or song? Please email nathan@whyconserve.com

What else can you do?

One of our core objectives as Why Conserve is to showcase realistic actions that can be taken in favour of conservation without spending any money.

1. Talk about otters and learn more from each other.

2. Conserve water.

3. Look after your rivers, lakes and oceans by putting rubbish in the bin.

Thank you.

 


 

Related information:

Instituto Araguaia. 2014. Home. Anon. www.araguaia.org (accessed August 2014).

Instituto Ekko Brasil. 2014. Instituto Ekko Brasil | Ekko Brasil website. Catarinas Design de Interação, Brazil. www.ekkobrasil.org.br (accessed August 2014).

IUCN Red List. 2014. Search Results. IUCN/SSC, UK. www.iucnredlist.org (accessed September 2014).

IUCN/SSC OSG. 2014. IUCN Otter Specialist Group. Lesley Wright, UK. www.otterspecialistgroup.org (accessed August 2014).

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