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.
Sponsor pursat, the hairy-nosed otter
Pursat was donated when he was just a young pup by fishermen living on the Tonle Sap Lake in the province of Pursat, his parents were likely killed for entering the fish farms. The hairy-nosed otter (Lutra sumatrana) is the rarest and least known of the three river species currently found in Cambodia. Their numbers dropped so low it was widely believed for several years they were extinct in Cambodia and they are still struggling to recover today.
Pursat is the only hairy-nosed otter in captivity anywhere in the world and we certainly spoil him! Extremely sensitive to stress and pollution, Pursat receives filtered water from Phnom Penh three times a week and is fed only live fish to avoid harmful toxins entering his system. While caring for a hairy-nosed otter in captivity is a challenge, there is currently no suitable habitat available to release him back into the wild. Pursat's sweet and playful nature make him a favourite of the staff!
Help build an Enrichment waterfall
Otters are curious and playful animals that require lots of enrichment to keep them as stimulated as they would be in the wild! Our keepers are constantly coming up with new enrichment techniques, including hammocks, floating rafts, rope balls, scatter feeds on land and live fish in the ponds. We would like to build a waterfall feature for our strongest swimmers to simulate a stream environment, make hunting a little more challenging to better prepare them for the wild should a release site become available and to make playtime even more fun! 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 reduces the risk of toxins entering their system and serves as excellent enrichment, as it encourages natural hunting behaviors otters depend on in the wild for survival.
$150 will provide a family of otters with fresh fish for a month.