World’s Only Captive Hairy-nosed Otter Gets New Home

I hadn’t realised this species was so rare… I think you can see them in Southern Thailand.

World’s Only Captive Hairy-nosed Otter Gets New Home (June 23, 2008) — The world’s only captive hairy-nosed otter is given a chance for survival in a new home. Thought to be extinct in the 1990s, the hairy-nosed otter is known to survive only in a few regions of Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Sumatra. Otters in Asia are increasingly threatened by the illegal international fur trade. They are also captured for pets or killed for use in traditional medicines. Another growing threat is loss of habitat, due in part to impacts from global climate change. … > full story

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