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This information has been provided by the International Otter Survival Fund and is supplied in its original format.

The International Otter Survival Fund runs a specialist otter hospital on the Isle of Skye.

In addition IOSF is working to protect all 13 species of otter throughout the world by undertaking baseline research on ecology and population, by funding wild animal rescue centres in the world caring for orphaned and injured otters, by safeguarding areas of good habitat, and by supporting local public awareness campaigns. In order to do this we work closely with local scientists who are familiar with the area and can advise best on the most important and appropriate needs.

One of the most important aspects is the care of orphaned and injured otters at the hospital on Skye. We have specialist facilities on site and also more remote "half-way" pens where they are kept away from people until release. The cubs are transferred to these pens at about 6 months old to ensure they remain wild. Cubs naturally leave their mothers at about 12-15 months and so we release at about the same age.

Among IOSF's other work in the last 8 years we have
Funded research into the Hairy Nosed Otter (Lutra sumatrana) in Thailand and Vietnam - this is one of the most endangered otters in the world and until 1998 was thought to be extinct.
Responded to an emergency appeal in Hungary as a result of a Romanian cyanide spill which threatened otters downstream.
Investigated feeding habits of the sea cat or marine otter (Lutra felina) in Chile.
Undertaken baseline surveys on many of the Scottish Islands to obtain a better picture of the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) populations in these remoter islands.
Cared for about 100 otters at our sanctuary on the Isle of Skye.

Anyone needing help or advice on otter care should contact:
Dates Referenced August 2001
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Isle of Skye,
IV49 9AQ

Tel: 01471 822 487
Mobile: 0788 431 7911

Fax. 01471 822 975

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