The otter is part of the same family as badgers, weasels, stoats, pine marten and mink. It is listed in the International Union for the Conservation of Natures' (IUCN) Red Book as 'vulnerable to extinction'. The exact number of otters in Britain is not known, but here at SEA LIFE Loch Lomond, we play a valuable part in protecting this rare species.
We work closely with The International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) to promote the importance of Otters in Scotland and the dangers they face.
We have created a dedicated area within the centre to IOSF. Daily Otter feeds also highlight the threats to our otters, the Asian Short Clawed otters, but also to our native otters. Threats affecting all otters include the destruction of habitat, pesticides running off from farmland and polluting watercourses, being killed on the road, over fishing destroying their food and drowning in fishing nets.
At different times of the year we hold Otter Weeks to raise awareness of their plight and to raise funds for IOSF.