At the end of the month, on Wednesday, May 31st, we will be celebrating World Otter Day! Join us on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to celebrate these cute and playful creatures and bring awareness to the threats they face! Unfortunately, 12 of the 13 otter species are declining in numbers and are at least Vulnerable to extinction. Cambodia’s three otter species are classified as Vulnerable or Endangered according to the IUCN Red List. Cambodia’s smooth-coated otter, small-clawed otter, and hairy-nosed otter are all threatened by the destruction of wetland habitats due to development activities, water contamination from pesticides, depletion of prey base, and poaching. In Cambodia, otters are believed to have medicinal properties and are hunted for their fur and skulls.