Scientist: Dr Adi Barocas
Organisation: San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research, WILDCRU (University of Oxford)
How PTES has helped me so far: Funding from PTES has helped us purchase valuable items for field work, such as the inflatable rubber boats used to study otters inside oxbow lakes. It was also instrumental in setting up the project’s human dimension team, that promotes environmental education in gold mining communities.
I started studying wildlife as a biology undergraduate student in Tel-Aviv University. I since have studied kestrels, rock hyraxes, river otters, wolves and foxes. I have always been attracted to projects with a strong field component.
Why I love giant otters
I think otters in general are beautiful and charismatic. I am impressed by how they have adapted to living in water and feeding on fish. I particularly enjoy observing giant otters because they are social animals that have complex interactions with each other.
The project aims to understand if and how gold mining affects giant otter populations and the aquatic ecosystems they depend on. Using the evidence collected, I will secure the conservation of giant otters and their habitat.
What your donation can achieve
could help us protect the giant otters’ habitat.
could help us research how habitat loss is affecting giant otters.
could help us engage indigenous communities in conservation efforts.