Environment

Wild Otters

Threatened and traded
by Gwyneth Cheng

On a good day, you may easily find wild otters roaming the riversides of Singapore. Known and loved for their adorable looks and charisma, otters are fancied by locals and tourists alike.

Which species are most often caught for trade?
Where does the otter trade happen in Asia?
What are otters traded for, exactly?
The online craze for pet otters makes the situation worse
Slowing down the otter trade
More to be done
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Gwyneth Cheng / Writer

Gwyneth is immensely curious about the way the Earth works. An Environmental Biology graduate, she is particularly interested in environmental issues and the many ways in which human beings are intertwined with the natural world. In her free time, she reads, watches videos, and baby-talks to dogs.

This story is written in collaboration with
Julia Janicki

Julia is a freelance data journalist, data visualization designer/developer and cartographer with a focus on environmental issues, biodiversity conservation, democracy and human rights. Julia is from the U.S. and Taiwan, and currently lives in Paris. Her academic background is in conservation biology, entomology, remote sensing and Japanese.

Wild Otters

Wild Otters Research is an entrepreneurship founded in 2018, with three core verticals in mind: wildlife research, education and outreach. Our projects aim to fill data deficiencies in the current knowledge of various species, and collaborate with local communities and authorities to facilitate better understanding of our environment and the importance of conservation. We are members of the IUCN SSC Otter Specialist Group, an international community of researchers supporting otter conservation efforts around the world.

Credits
Illustration / Griselda Gabriele
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