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01 February 2023 - An IOSF World Otter Day 2023 Update

Submitted by: Callum

* Gearing up for IOSF World Otter Day 2023 *

So far we have 29 events planned in 15 countries on Wednesday 31st May, or as we prefer to call it... IOSF World Otter Day 2023!

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As you can see from the current event map (shown above), we have quite the spread of World Otter Day fun already planned, with hopefully lots more to follow.

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.

If you have an idea for a World Otter Day event, please email

Every effort, no matter how small or how large, really does make a difference!

* World Otter Day 2023 Grants! *

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2022 Grant awards winners

Every year IOSF offers three World Otter Day grants for events that are held in relation to IOSF World Otter Day. The grants of £100 each can go towards the cost of putting on an event or carrying out some education work for WORLD OTTER DAY.

If you have an event idea that you would like some help with, please fill out our World Otter Day Grant form Here. Nominations will be accepted up until Friday 24th March, and the winners will be announced the following week!

The photo above is of the winning projects of 2022! They helped with education and awareness events in Nigeria, Togo, Bangladesh, and also Mexico, who will be hosting our 2023 International Workshop later in the year! If you would like to read more about these events, check out our Newsletter from May 2022 HERE!

* This Week from the Sanctuary! *


Wind and rain has been the main feature of the last week here on the Misty Isle. On Saturday an opportunity presented itself, as a break in the weather enabled Grace to grab her wellies and dash out to get the animals fed, all whilst remaining dry herself!

Her luck didn't stop there though, as on arrival to Bealltainn's enclosure, she found her also making the most of the short period of dryness! Grace whipped out her phone and managed to get some lovely photos of Bealltainn outside of her sleeping box, which is a rare commodity when it comes to this particular otter, as those who have followed her for a long time will know all to well!

The other Sanctuary residents, Baird, Marina and Dòbhran have all had another positive week on their road to a wild return, feeding well and keeping themselves warm and cosy in their sleeping quarters.


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