The hairy-nosed otter (Lutra sumatrana) is one of the rarest and least known of the five species of otters native to Asia. These otters were thought to be extinct in Cambodia. They were only rediscovered in the past decade.
Pursat was rescued from the province of Pursat on Tonle Sap Lake. He is likely the only hairy-nosed otter in captivity anywhere in the world. Extremely sensitive to stress and pollution, Pursat is brought unpolluted water from Phnom Penh three times a week and fed only live fish in an effort to minimize the chance of any harmful toxins entering his system. While caring for a hairy-nosed otter in captivity is a challenge, there is no suitable habitat available to release him back into the wild. Pursat is a playful and energetic otter, and is doing really well in his new secluded enclosure.
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- Construction of large-scale hydroelectric projects, land clearance for settlement and agriculture and habitat degradation caused by water pollution from pesticides and fertilizers, has resulted in the rapid decline of otters in Cambodia. Support otter habitat protection!
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