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Rare Otter Photographed

A remote camera set up in Borneo photographed a very rare otter. The species is so rare some believed it could be extinct. The camera photographed the otter in Dermakot forest in Sabah, a state of Malaysian Borneo. One had not been seen since 1997. That one was deceased and had been killed by a car. “These findings also boost the conservation of this endangered otter internationally, as historically this otter was distributed throughout large parts of southeast Asia,” says  Dr. Laurentius Ambu, director of the Sabah Wildlife Department. The species is considered to be one of the most endangered otters in the world. They have been subjected to poaching, and their habitats have been polluted and diminished.

A Similar Otter Species in Captivity

Sabah Wildlife Department and Sabah Forestry Department collaborates with the Conservation of Carnivores in Sabah (ConCaSa) project which was started by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW).

The Small Carnivore Conservation group studies wild animals like civets and otters for the purpose of conserving their dwindling numbers. Their work has used remote cameras to photograph Borneo’s wild cat species and to record the first video of the otter civet. (Note that the otter civet is not the same otter as mentioned above.)

Derkamot Forest Reserve was created to protect the area from unsustainable logging practices. It is over 100,000 acres with about 30 percent of the area with very poor forest due to previous logging. The habitat is tropical rainforest. Most of the land is managed for sustainable logging. A small portion has been set aside for conservation only.

Photo by: Mohamed; Wilting, SWD, SFD.

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2:02PM PST on Feb 17, 2011

Thanks for these information

8:58AM PST on Jan 31, 2011

beautiful! thank you for sharing!

10:36AM PST on Jan 30, 2011

Thank You for sharing the article and videos Jake. I agree that the first video was perplexing, with fingers sticking through the fence!
I hope the otter in the photo has a chance at survival...amazing to get thee photo. Also was so interesting to see the civet's scurring through the bush/crops. Very enjoyable.

3:47PM PDT on Sep 9, 2010

Wow cool that vid of the otter civet is fascinating!

2:20PM PDT on Sep 7, 2010

It's great to hear that the rare otter is not extinct. I hope this type of otter will be better protected now. The first video was sad. Those people were showing their ignorance in teasing the animals in thinking they had food for them. Whoever was sticking her/his finger out for the otters deserved to be bitten.

12:18AM PDT on Aug 12, 2010

They are so cute. However, they were being teased in the first video and that was very unkind and shows the ignorance of the visitors. Also, why does it look as if they have no water to play in? Swim in?

2:29PM PDT on Aug 10, 2010

Thanks, very nice video!

4:24PM PDT on Aug 9, 2010

Wonderful. But I agree, that first video was vexing.

3:01AM PDT on Aug 7, 2010

So cute!! C",)

6:20PM PDT on Aug 3, 2010

What little cuties. Too bad the people didn't have food to give them. Thanks for the pictures, I have never seen one up close.

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