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International Otter Survival Fund WORLD OTTER DAY


Wednesday 29 May 2019


IOSF has been celebrating otters annually and raising awareness about their importance in our environment for 10 years now, and 2019 will be IOSF World Otter Day's fifth year.  Each year more people in more countries are getting involved and in 2018 World Otter Day was celebrated in at least 26 countries.

Wednesday 29 May brings the opportunity for you to join the many people from around the world, who love otters and are dedicated to their conservation, to raise awareness and ensure that a greater number of people know about the problems that otters face.  The loss of habitat, illegal trade (fur and pets), being hunted, road death, pollution are a few of the challenges. 

All 13 species of otter need our help.   ALL 13 species are listed in the IUCN Red List. 

WE ARE THEIR VOICE!  We must spread the word and encourage others to become involved and aware of the situation for otters in the environment and the delicate balance of their survival.

You can start NOW by using #worldotterday in all your social media, and on the 29 MAY, let all your 'friends/followers' know and get them to share too.  Let us make otters BIG NEWS and get #worldotterday trending.

And, our 2019 hoodie and t-shirt are available here  WOD shirts



We also need funds to help support people working in otter conservation and caring for individual orphaned and injured otters.

There are many ways in which you can support this work and you may have already given some thought as to what you might do to help.  Discover some ideas here  or simply donate

We have produced information and event posters, in many languages, to help you promote World Otter Day and your events, and they can be found on our resources page (but if you cannot find yours please tell us by sending an email to

Don’t forget to tell us about your plans ( and if you are organising an event we will include it on our events page and social media.

WOD posters


IOSF is delighted to be able to offer three grants of £100 each towards the cost of putting on an event or carrying out some education work for World Otter Day.

Applications should include the following:

  • Name of applicant
  • Organisation, if applicable
  • Address of applicant
  • Brief description of what you are planning to do, how and where
  • What would you do with the £100 grant?

 Please send your applications to, to arrive no later than Friday 29 March 2019.  The successful applicants will be announced on Friday 5 April 2019.