With 12 of the 13 species of otter in decline, they need our help.

Otters can live for up to 20 years and roam across large territories. They are lovable, intelligent animals, and their mischievous nature means that they never fail to surprise.

Theirs is a story of secret aquatic wanderings, adorable family bonds, and mischief as a way of life.

Adopt an otter today and find out about the lives of these elusive creatures and the work that we’re doing to protect them.

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE

  • Cuddly Toy

    A cute cuddly toy to remind you of your adopted species

  • Information Pack

    Your adopters’ welcome pack will include a fascinating fact pack, a limited edition poster, an iconic sticker sheet and a personalised certificate + a free ticket to any one of our centres around the UK

  • Regular Updates

    Our spring and autumn magazines will keep you updated on your chosen species.

HOW YOUR ADOPTION WILL HELP

As well as helping otters in the UK, WWT’s international work saving wetlands also includes projects in areas that are home to wild Asian short-clawed otters. Areas such as the Luang Marsh in Laos and the Cambodian Lower Mekong Wetlands.

We also have Asian short-clawed otters  at our centres, and over the past few years they've experienced something of a baby boom. These otters are a vulnerable species on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List, and we work with them to maintain a healthy captive population in case numbers continue to fall in the wild.

Having living collections at our centres isn’t just an opportunity to conduct research and develop conservation techniques; it’s also a great way to spread awareness of these beautiful animals and strengthen support for conservation efforts across the globe.

It’s your support that makes it possible for our experts to save and protect species here in the UK and across the world.

In the UK

Over the past century humans have proved the biggest threat to otters. In the UK, intensive farming practices have led to polluted rivers and our Eurasian otters only thrive in the cleanest water.

A government ban on harmful chemicals means that the health of our rivers has improved and as a result the otter population is on the up, but we still have a lot to do to help them get back on their feet.

We are working hard to improve wetland corridors and your support means we can build artificial holts to support breeding otters, by offering them shelter and safety. This has seen otters returning to areas from which they were once lost, but we need to continue this work to ensure they recover to former numbers.

Your adoption will help us to...

  • Build holts which offer the shelter wild otters need to safely raise their pups
  • Create new wetlands, e.g. Steart Marshes, which give otters hundreds of hectares of new territory
  • Improve wetland corridors so they can roam freely to areas where they’re able to hunt
  • Learn how to protect them from the threats they’re facing so the population can fully recover

87p of every £1 goes directly towards our conservation work and every penny thereafter towards raising the next £1.

 

* Please note that you will receive a Eurasian otter welcome pack, but the accompanying fluffy otter toy may not be species specific. Your updates will cover a wide variety of otter species.