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Otters of the World

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Otters of the World by Yoxon, Paul; Yoxon, Grace M., 9781849951296
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  • ISBN: 9781849951296 | 1849951292
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/7/2015
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This is an introduction to the magical world of otters with many wonderful photos and distribution maps for each species.

The Asian small-clawed otters, often found in zoos, or the sea otter, well-known for lying on its back cracking open shells, may be familiar to many but there are many more fascinating species. Having worked for over 20 years on otter conservation the authors want to share their enthusiasm and passion for these animals.

Each species is listed in the IUCN Red Data List and yet little attention is given to their predicament. The illegal wildlife trade in otters is huge—not just for furs and body parts but as pets. In some parts of the world otters are disappearing rapidly and unless urgent action is taken they will be gone forever. It is hoped the book will increase awareness and support for the work of the IOSF (International Otter Survival Fund) which is battling the threat of extinction to several species.
Otters stand at the top of the food chain on both land and water so they are an ideal indicator of a healthy environment. With greater awareness and support the IOSF will be able to do more on the world stage to conserve otters as exemplified by the Hairy-Nosed Otter which was rediscovered and helped having been thought extinct. This type of conservation work is vital because so often the plight of otters is overlooked for other high profile species such as tigers and elephants.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the IOSF.

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