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The 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.
  • Make known the status and conservation needs of otters, and promote the wise management of otter species.

This website contains many resources which may be used freely as long as the source is aknowledged, as well as some restricted to members of the Otter Specialist Group.  See the Bulletin, our Library or contact us if you can't find what you want.

:: Latest Update: 8th January 2015

Bulletin: Volume 31 Issue 2:
Completed. New report added:
Al-Sheikhly, O.F., Haba, M.K. and Barbanera, F. (2014).
Otter Hunting and Trapping, a Traditional Practice of Marsh Arabs of Iraq.
New Q&A Answer - What does Lutrinae mean?
Library: new report added - Asian Otter Conservation Workshop, November 2013, Bengaluru, India
Educational Resources: new section of free resources for educators
New Book: Otters of the World
OZ: New subgroup added for Neoptropical Otter

:: Go to most recent item

Bulletin of the IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group

Current Issue: Volume 31 Issue 2 - completed 30th December 2014
Bulletin Digitization Project: Volume 13 (1996) now online 3 issues remain to be done 9th January 2014

OSG Member News

European Otter Workshop 8-10 June 2015, Stockholm, Sweden. Registration now open. 21st January 2015
Asian Otter Conservation Workshop, November 2013, Bengaluru, India - report now online 13th March 2014
OSG Annual Report 2013 26th November 2013
XIIth International Otter Cngress, 11-15 August 2014, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
IUCN/SSC Red List Training 4th October 2013
OSG Research Guidelines 18th September 2012

Members-Only E-Library

Reference Library (needs user name and password
latest added 11 November 2014

OZ: Otters in Zoos etc
OZ Home Neotropical Subgroup added 5th January 2015

Educational Resources
Free resources for schools and other educational projects

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

Joining OSG