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International Otter Survival Fund WORLD OTTER DAY
Wednesday 31 May 2023
WODlogo 2023 
World Otter Day brings all otter species to the attention of many people. It focuses on raising awareness about how important otters are and also highlights the threats that they face. There are certain issues faced by otters that some people are largely unaware of, such as the huge trade in these animals for pets and fur.  World Otter Day addresses this.
Every effort, no matter how small or how large, really does make a difference! 

Click over to our May 2022 e-newsletter to find out what happened last year and get some inspiration.  We also have resources HERE - posters, social media pack, IOSF World Otter Day logo... and more.

Get your World Otter Day T-shirts/hoodies, tote bag and mugs are available at our store      

We also have other design variations at our Teemill store front
#WOD tee
There are a variety of colours and sizes for you to choose from.
Got an event happening?  Don't forget to let us know so we can add you to our #WOD World Map -

WOD Map 2023 


 IOSF World Otter Day Webinar 2023!

 Webinar 2023

Webinar 2023 Speakers

  IOSF is delighted to announce the third series of our World Otter Day webinars!

Following two highly successful, engaging webinars, we are hosting another on the 31st May 2023. This year’s event brings 10 more highly skilled and knowledgeable presenters, speaking on a series of species and topics.
You can find our speakers' names and presentation titles in the above poster.
We invite you to join us again and celebrate World Otter Day with us. If you are interested in signing up to the webinar, then please CLICK HERE!


We have some fantastic prizes up for grabs if you enter our IOSF #WorldOtterDay Raffle this year! For just £5 a ticket, you could be in with a chance of winning prizes from:

Perkins & Morley

Kinloch Lodge

Guy Morgan Skincare

Sea Change Wine

ARTful Creatures

Big Wild Thought

Talisker Distillery

and of course... IOSF!


To get yourself into the draw, please CLICK HERE! Don't forget we need your email address to send you your numbers, and to contact you if you win!

(Please do not GiftAid your payment)


IOSF World Otter Day Grants

Each year we offer three grants of £100 for small World Otter Day events to be held and accept nominations for these.  Along with an anonymous donation we were pleased to be able to offer a fourth grant.
Our 2023 World Otter Day Grants were awarded to: 
  • Placide Nkusi, Rwanda

Placide Nkusi will run an awareness campaign with a particular focus on fishing communities, farms and other similar stakeholders. The event will help raise awareness to otters, their ecological role, habitat degradation, and the need to preserve otters and will be one of the first event of its kind in Rwanda and substantial milestone for the conservation of otters. The project will take place in Kibuye (Bwishyura, Karongi District, western province) close to Lake Kivu, an important wetland habitat in the region. This event will be an opportunity to engage the local community by sharing knowledge and enthusiasm about why otters play an important role in our freshwater ecosystem, and by the end of this event, it is expected that all participants will be aware of otters, why to conserve them, and why to protect their habitat and help inspire a new generation of otter enthusiasts in Rwanda.


  • Aurobindo Samal, ECO Earth Crusaders, India

ECO earth crusaders are planning to conduct a seminar to future aspiring conservationists to raise awareness of otters and to leave more about how to conserve them. The seminar will take place at the Regional Museum of Natural History, Odisha under National Museum of Natural History of Central Govts. Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate change.


  • Cork Nature Network, Ireland

Cork Nature network have celebrated World Otter Day in previous years. Their event this year will focus on raising awareness of the Eurasian Otter. The event will focus on the creation and promotion of an otter awareness video, otter education pack and the current work on the 2023 otter survey on connectivity between waterways. It is a focused campaign that will be sent out to the press, local groups and government organisations.


  • Subarna Ghimire, Nepal

They will celebrate World Otter Day by focussing on students, both under and post-graudate, and government officials, by increasing awareness of the otter work, conservation issue and other similar factors relating to otters in Nepal. There will be presentations throughout the day to inspire the next wave of otter researchers and conservationists in Nepal.


Thank you to all who applied, and we hope that everyone has a fantastic World Otter Day when it arrives!