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19 November 2020 - IOSF News

Submitted by: Ben

IOSF's celebrates its 27th birthday in the conservation of otters and pays tribute to a true icon who inspired many, including many of the IOSF team.
A gentleman, an inspiration and a man who had an unwavering passion and patience for animals.

Read about it by clicking here

Donald John

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16 November 2020 - IOSF celebrates its birthday

Submitted by: Ben

Today is the 16th of November which means that IOSF is celebrating its birthday and 27 years of dedication to the conservation and protection of the world’s 13 species of otter.

Inspired by watching otters in the wild, we have been proud to be involved in projects all across the world. Including, holding 7 international workshops, care for 220 otters in our rehab centre in Scotland, support and advise on the care of over 150 otters abroad and much more.

And it has all been possible thanks to our supporters. We want to take this opportunity to say thank you for all your support, care and passion to help us, help otters.

Here is to another 27!

27th Birthday (2)

06 November 2020 - One out ... and one in.

Submitted by: Grace

What a wonderful day for Sparky's release and the weather couldn't have been better. Although it is the beginning of November it was sunny and warm and we had the most beautiful views from the ferry as we sailed over to Mallaig.

Heading off to Mallaig

From there we drove a while to a remote shoreline which was to be his new home. It was ideal with rocky shores and seaweed providing perfect feeding grounds and various suitable places for lie-ups and holts.

Opening the cage

He was a bit reluctant coming out of his box but eventually he came out to explore. Over the seaweed, in amongst the rocks...

Starting to explore

... and finally into the water.

And into the water

We watched for a while as he checked out his new area and then left him in peace to his new life.

But the day wasn't over. That evening we had a phone call about a tiny cub screeching just on the outskirts of Broadford. Of course we know that area very well and it is quite a way from the sea, so how it came to be there we don't know. Ben went up and waited a while to see if Mum would appear but as it was cold and dark he decided it was best to bring it back. The cub was a bit lethargic and cold but after some liquids and a warm night it was more active in the morning.

It only has tiny teeth so it is on milk which it is taking fairly well.

It is clearly early days for this little one but we will keep you informed.

So just as Sparky leaves us a new otter enters our life.

01 November 2020 - Otter artwork

Submitted by: Grace

Every year we have an Advent Blog with a new Blog every day in the build-up to Christmas.

This year we have decided to feature artwork from adults and children. Whenever we have an art competition we receive so many entries and we cannot feature them all on our website. So we will take this opportunity to highlight some of these.

We would also like to invite any budding artists to submit their work for inclusion in this special December Blog series. Please send it to by 30 November.

We look forward to seeing your art.

Otter art on easel


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