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2018 World Otter Day Events #worldotterday

Many people will be posting and sharing all things OTTER on social media for World Otter Day. We invite you all to join in too and help to make otters trend #worldotterday. Let us get the world thinking about otters in a positive way.

Please remember, always use #worldotterday in your social media.

There are events happening in 20 countries, so far - see below.


1. Sri Lanka - otter awareness educational day for 300 school children in Sigiriya area. Distribution of otter story books to school libraries.

2. Uganda - survey for otter over 10km of the River Nile, involving local communities.

3. UK
- Cardiff - Otter Post Mortem live stream from Cardiff University.

- Isle of Mull - Mull Otter Group is celebrating at Bunessan Primary School with a day full of ottery activities, raising awareness with the "otter champions of the future".
- Perthshire, Auchingarrich - at the Wildlife Centre there will be a talk by the otter keeper raising awareness of World Otter Day and IOSF.
- the Small Isles of Muck (28/5), Eigg (29/5) and Rum (30/5), and Arisaig (31/5) - IOSF is making educational visits to the primary schools to talk to the children about otters and IOSF.
- Oban and Loch Lomond SEA LIFE Centres will be raising awareness about the work of IOSF and otters at the feeding demonstrations at the otter enclosures throughout May.
- Aberdeen - Powis Community Centre. Andy Coventry's talk 'The Urban Otter' on 25 May.
- Glasgow - Sauchiehall Street - #LushLabs (Lush Cosmetics) will be fundraising.

- Sheffield - Muddy Faces - outdoor events and education.
- Farnham - The Otter Wey project - art trail and activities.
- Scarborough, Hunstanton, Gweek and Weymouth SEA LIFE Centres will be raising awareness about the work of IOSF and otters at the feeding demonstrations at the otter enclosures throughout May. Scarborough and Weymouth will also be completing distance challenges on World Otter Day itself and in Hunstanton they will be doing additional otter enrichment activities throughout the week of 28 May.
- Waterlooville - the Library at The Precinct is organising an Otter Day for children during half term. There will be crafts to get involved in and, of course, books.

Northern Ireland
- Portaferry - Exploris Aquarium Otter MAYhem on 28 May.

4. Montenegro - Skadar Lake National Park. Educational otter awareness day including setting camera trap and TV coverage.

5. Australia - Budjarn is raising awareness and selling ottery goods at his college.

6. USA
- Kansas, Witchita - Twitch Charity Stream on Tiltify. Support SpaceOtterSplash building an otter sanctuary playing Ark: Survival Evolved.
- San Francisco - the River Otter Ecology Project are doing two talks in different areas of San Francisco.
- Illinois - Aurora - will be carrying out a clean-up of the waterways - rivers, steams and ditches.
- Alaska, Anchorage - Distance learning material and Otter Field Trip focus for entire month of June.
- Texas, Victoria - Texas Zoo, 'Wotter Day - Kick Off to Summer Bash' - Inflattable water slides so kids can play in water 'just like an otter'. Local museums will have otter games. Making of otter crafts, education on otters and raising funds for IOSF.
- Delaware - Sun Otter Tours - Fundraiser and education - funds going to Delaware River Otter Habitat Restoration.
- Massachusetts, Stoneham - Stone Zoo - otter awareness.

7. Nepal
- Karnali River - three month ban of fishing to aid conservation of all river wildlife, including otters.
- Pokhara - Presentation to University students on Otters in Nepal to include findings from recent research with particular focus on the Smooth-coated otter in Bardia National Park.
- Kanchanpur -Bhanu Chowk, Mahendranagar - between 6:30am and 8:30am Balram Awasthi has organised an Otter conservation awareness cycle rally between Siddhanath Science Campus to Jhalari City (and return) 40km. Also a signature gathering event in Mahendranagar city.

8. Indonesia: Cempedak Island

9. Argentina - Rio Negro, Bariloche, Nahuel Huapi Lake. 15 June “Día del Huillín y de su ambiente” (Day of the southern river otter and its habitat). Raising awareness of the species and its conservation with events for children including music and art.

10. Tanzania
- Sokoine University of Agriculture. Martin Joseph will be raising awareness and promote otter conservation through public lecture, leaflets and social media.
- Sengerema District, Mwanza. Oliver Katembo with JGI, Roots & Shoots organisation creating awareness and discussion about the otters at local schools and clubs.
- William Mgomo will be raising awareness in two schools at Lake Nyasa.

11. Brazil - São Paulo, 27 May, Peônia Pereira, Sorocaba Zoo, will publish an article for children in the local paper about otters and World Otter Day.

12. Guatemala - Aurora Zoo, Guatemala City. There will be a talk about otters and related activities at the otter exhibit.

13. Russia - Novosibirsk Zoo - Education and awareness raising.

14. France - Camille de Meyer gives 1€ to IOSF for each piece of jewellery she sells from her website For World Otter Day she will be sending her special Mustélidée's otter card for every jewellery sold between 28 May and 3 June.

15. Cambodia - Sokrith Heng is and will be posting on the Conservation International Greater Mekong Facebook page.

16. Mexico - Veracruz - Dr Pablo Hernandez Romero has organised two events at the Aquarium. Fun awareness workshops for children and conservation information panels about the Neotropical otter.

17. China - Chimelong Ocean Kingdom (HOK) will be promoting otter conservation in line with their enrichment and education narration and relevant programmes.

18. Portugal - Lisbon - Dr. Lorenzo Quaglietta will raise awareness about otters and freshwater ecosystems conservation by giving a seminar at his Institute, and organizing two outdoor activities with schools and the general public, showing otter signs and setting camera traps in a lagoon near Lisbon.

19. Bangladesh - Dhaka - Jagannath University - Delip K. Das (Bisharga) is organizing a seminar to create awareness in his Department.

20. Switzerland - Zoo de la Chaux de Fonds will be holding a fundraiser and raising awareness event.