Happy World Otter Day! One of our camera traps in the Cardamom Rainforest Landscape, Cambodia captured these smooth-coated otters (Lutrogale perspicillata) drying off in the sand. Otters spend a significant amount of time grooming to maintain its insulating qualities and often times have a dedicated area of land for drying and grooming.
These otters are classified as Vulnerable and their declining populations can largely be attributed to loss of wetland habitats from construction of large hydroelectric projects, settlements and agriculture, reduction of prey, poaching and pollution in waterways. Wildlife Alliance has been protecting the Cardamom Rainforest since 2001, which is the regions greatest watershed, have helped prevent the construction of a large-scale dam in the Areang Valley, and protect otters from poaching.