Wildlife Alliance cares for 4 families of smooth coated otters and the only hairy-nosed otter in captivity anywhere in the world. These playful creatures require special care and lots of enrichment to keep them healthy and happy.
Help build an Enrichment waterfall
Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center is home to 14 otters. These active creatures are constantly exploring and playing. Our keepers are constantly coming up with new enrichment techniques to keep the otters entertained. One way we do this is by feeding the otters are fed live fish so that they can practice their hunting that skills that are necessary in the wild. We would like to build a small enrichment waterfall for the otters to play in and to make their hunting a little more challenging. The waterfall will cost $3,000, and will ensure the otters live a happy and healthy life.
Adopt a smooth coated otter family
Wildlife Alliance cares for four families of smooth coated otters at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center. We provide the otters with live fish every day, which serves as enrichment and reduces the risk of toxins entering their system. Otters are very active and curious animals and need to be kept occupied. Providing them with live fish is one of the best forms of enrichment because they otters can mimic the hunting behaviors that they would need in the wild.
$150 will provide a family of otters with fresh fish for a month.
Sponsor pursat, the hairy-nosed otter
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. The hairy-nosed otter (Lutra sumatrana) is one of the rarest and least known of the five species of otters native to Asia and were thought to be extinct in Cambodia. They were only rediscovered in the past decade. 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.