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IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group

Leading global otter conservation

The Otter Specialist Group (OSG) was founded in 1974 and is part of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The aims of the Group, as set out by IUCN, are to:


1. Provide leadership for the conservation of all otter species (Lutrinae).
2. 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.
3. Make known the status and conservation needs of otters, promoting the wise management of otter species.


Otter species are at risk worldwide

13 Otter species live across the world. Illegal otter trade, environmental pollution and global warming are putting them at risk. More


species are decreasing 


species are vulnerable


species are endangered

TRAFFIC Report on the Illegal Otter Trade

An analysis of seizures in selected Asian Countries.

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All about Otters

Learn more about the thirteen species of otters.

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Otters in Trouble

Otters are in trouble and you can help! 

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We Love Otters!

Our new ebook is available for download. 

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IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group Bulletin

Our main communication tool is now available online, although a few paper copies are available.

Read the Bulletin here

Otters in Zoos

Help and advice for otters in zoos

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