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Our brochure describing what OSG is forThe Otter Specialist Group (OSG) was founded in 1974 and is part of World Conservation (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC). The aims of the Group, as set out by IUCN, are to:

  • Provide leadership for the conservation of all otter species (Lutrinae).
  • Determine and review on a continuing basis the status and needs of otters, and promote the implementation of necessary research, conservation and management programmes by appropriate organisations and governments.
  • Download the TRAFFIC Report on the Illegal Trade in OttersMake known the status and conservation needs of otters, and promote the wise management of otter species.

TRAFFIC Report on the Illegal Otter Trade: an Analysis of Siezures in selected Asian Countries (1980-2015).

OSG Tropical Asian Otter Conservation Manifesto (PDF 423 KB)

:: Latest Update: 27th February 2018

Bulletin: Volume 35 Issue 1: Papers added: Pinho, FF de, Ferreira, GB and Barata, IM (2018).Feeding Ecology and Spraint Deposition Sites of the Neotropical Otter (Lontra longicaudis) at Cavernas do Peruaçu National Park, Brazil.
Volume 34 Issue 2:
Papers added:
Gomez, L, Leupen, BTC, Theng, M, Fernandez, K and Savage, M (2017).
Illegal Otter Trade: An Analysis of Seizures in Selected Asian Countries (1980-2015) - Summary.
Special Issues:
Volume 34A - A Bibliography on the North American River Otter 4th Edition November 2017)
33A: Proceedings of European Otter Workshop 2015: New papers added -
Urban, P (2017)
. Conflicts of Otter and Man in Slovakia: A Review and Oleynikov, AY and Saveljev, AP (2015). Current Distribution, Population and Population Density of the Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra) in Russia and some Adjacent Countries – a Review
OSG Forum: Guidance on use
New Book: We love Otters!
OZ: Captive Species Experts added
OSG: Tropical Asian Otter Conservation Manifesto added

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Bulletin of the IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group

Current Issue: Volumne 35 Issue 1 Paper added 27/02/18
Volume 34 Issue 2 Completed 12/02/18
Special Issue 34A - North American River Otter Bibiography 4th Edition 20th November 2017
Special Issue 33A - Proceedings of European Otter Workshop 2015 Papers added 22nd December 2017
Special Issue 32A - Giant Otter Bibliography - 23rd April 2015
Bulletin Digitization Project: Volume 15 (1) 1998 now online 2 issues remain to be done 26th February 2015

OSG Member News

13th International Otter Congress, 3 - 8 July 2016, Singapore
Poster added 21/02/16

OSG Research Guidelines 18th September 2012

OSG Members Forum
How to use the Forum (OSG username and password needed) 21st July 2017
Go to Forum (forum username and password needed)

Members-Only E-Library

Reference Library (needs OSG user name and password)
latest added 4th January 2016

OZ: Otters in Zoos etc
OZ Home Captive Species Experts added 19th July 2016

Educational Resources
Free resources for schools and other educational projects

Otter Mortality Web
Sharing information to reduce human-induced otter mortality

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We love Otters! An OSG e-book by Nicole Duplaix and Margherita BandiniOur e-Book by Nicole Duplaix and Margherida Bandini, with contributions by many OSG members.
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