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Giant otters

Study species: Giant otter

Project location: Peru’s Manu National Park and Madre de Dios river

Species fact: Giant otters are the largest otter species. Adults can weigh up to 30 kilograms and reach a length of 6 feet.

Problem: Human activities, particularly small-scale gold mining, are causing the destruction of the aquatic habitats inhabited by giant otters and a decrease in the quantities of fish giant otters depend on. 

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Goal 1

Surveying protected and disturbed areas for otter presence and habitat destruction to examine the effects of gold mining on giant otter distribution and abundance.

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Goal 2

Quantifying fish availability and mercury contamination to understand how human activities can affect giant otters.

Community Goal 3 Adi Barocas Giant otter project by David Torres

Goal 3

Working with local communities to understand their perceptions towards giant otters and aquatic ecosystems and developing environmental education programs.

What your donation can achieve

£100

Could get the team a Garmin GPS device to register giant otter locations; a Coleman cooking tent for field team’s campsite; a Samsung Tablet for registering interview answers; or a solar panel for charging electronic devices.

£500

Could get the team a Hanna Multiparameter to examine water quality; a 250 gallons of fuel for one month-long field trip; a Garmin Inreach device for satellite communication; or a mobile freezer to store samples.

£1000

Could get the team a Grabner XR Trekking rubber boat; a Canon XA35 video camera to document giant otter behavior; a Honda generator to charge cameras and batteries; a Mavic DJI Drone to map lakes.

£5000

Could get the project’s aluminum boat which allows transportation among oxbow lakes; or a 50hp Yamaha engine.

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