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13th International Otter Congress, 3-8 July 2016, Singapore announced.
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Our brochure describing what OSG is for 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:29th January 2016

Bulletin: Volume 32 Issue 1:
Two new papers added:
Reed-Smith, J, Akpona, HA and Yoxon, G (2015). African Otter Workshop.
Calaça, AM,  Faedo, OJ and de Melo, FR (2015). Hydroelectric Dams: The First Responses from Giant Otters to a Changing Environment
Special Issues:
Volume 33A - Proceedings of European Otter Workshop 2015
Educational Resources: new section of free resources for educators
New Book: Otters of the World
OZ: Giant Otter Husbandry Guidelihes added
13th IOC: 3-8 July 2016, Singapore

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Bulletin of the IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group

Current Issue: Volume 33 Issue 1 Opened 29 January 2015
Volume 32 Issue 1 - completed 24th January 2016
Special Issue 32A - Giant Otter Bibliography - 23rd April 2015
Special Issue 32B - North American River Otter Bibiography 2nd Edition 4th May 2015
Special Issue 33A - Proceedings of European Otter Workshop 2015 5th Januaryr 2016
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 NB date changed from 2-7 July 10/12/15

OSG Research Guidelines 18th September 2012

Members-Only E-Library

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

OZ: Otters in Zoos etc
OZ Home Giant Otter Husbandry Guidelines added 30th May 2015

Educational Resources
Free resources for schools and other educational projects

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

Joining OSG