Leading global otter conservation since 1974
The Otter Specialist Group (OSG) is part of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The aims of the OSG, as set out by the 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 individuals, organisations and governments.
3. Make known the status and conservation needs of otters, promoting the wise management of otter species.
The Global Otter Conservation Strategy
The new long-term IUCN strategy on otter conservation has been published! Download it here
To view the Strategy as a PDF scrolling two-page spread, in Acrobat go to View > Page Display > Two-page Scrolling view. Much easier to read this way!
An interactive map of OSG Projects around the globe!
Have you ever wondered where we are and what we’re doing there? Wonder no more!
The wildlife trade is killing otters, not only in Asia but worldwide
Otter Educational Material
During the years, we have created A LOT of material – in different languages and for all ages – that can be used in many different contexts.
We have started collaborations with various organizations to help promote awareness and research in this amazing continent!
The IUCN/SSC OSG Bulletin is a highly regarded refereed scientific journal that lists some of the most important otter publications since 1986.
Here, you can read the latest relevant global news and documents regarding otters and their conservation.
All about Otters
Otters are opportunistic carnivorous mammals in the subfamily Lutrinae. There are 13 species of otters.
Documents that are essential to understand the current and past situation of otter species worldwide
We Love Otters!
Our book has exceptional photos of all 13 species and testimonials that will inspire and motivate people to love and help save these fascinating animals.
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