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  Giant Otter - Pteronura brasiliensis
The giant otter is the longest of all the otter species, with a length of 6 ft (1.8m), including the tail, and a weight of 76 lbs (34 kg).
Giant otters are very sensitive to human activity, and tourists boating too close to a nursing mother can cause her so much stress that she stops producing milk; the pups starve.
The giant otter is a river otter and is closely related to the North American river otter and the European otter.
www.angelfire.com /mo2/animals1/carnivore/giantotter.html   (669 words)

 Giant otter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Giant otters are one of the largest predators of their region, and so can choose from a wide variety of animals to feed on.
Giant otters are highly social animals and live in extended family groups of between 10-20 members.
Giant otters are very sensitive to human activity, and tourists boating too close to a nursing mother can cause her so much stress that she stops producing milk, causing her young to starve.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Giant_Otter   (455 words)

 The Rivers of Guianas - Science of the Region - Giant Otters - WWF - Expeditions in Conservation
Giant otters (Pteronura brasiliensis), native to the flooded forests, rivers, and wetlands of South America, are the largest of the world's 13 otter species.
For the most part giant otters occur along rivers in resident groups (usually comprised of three to nine individuals, but sometimes as many as 20), which are often one or more family units living together.
Giant otters use what scientists refer to as "campsites," which are small patches of land near the river cleared of vegetation and used for scent marking, drying out, resting, and socializing.
www.worldwildlife.org /expeditions/rivers/sci_otters.htm   (343 words)

 Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis)
The giant otter is the largest of all the otter species, with a length of 2 m (including the tail), and a weight of 35 kg.
Giant otters have a gestation period of 65 - 70 days, after which a litter of 2 - 5 pups is born.
Giant otters are one of the largest predators of their region.
www.yaqupacha.de /enotter.htm   (162 words)

 FZS Giant Otter Project - Conservation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Giant Otters are also protected by national laws and are considered endangered in the majority, if not all, of the South American countries where it is endemic.
When assessing Giant Otter distribution and abundance, it should be kept in mind that local people may be poorly informed as to the different characteristics and behavioural patterns of the two sympatric otter species, Pteronura brasiliensis and the much smaller Lutra longicaudis.
The Giant Otter Project in Peru (established by the Frankfurt Zoological Society in cooperation with the Munich Wildlife Society) is an excellent illustration of how, in collaboration with the national authorities, research into the species may be effectively combined with adequate measures to protect it.
www.watweb.com /giantotters/310301/popups/con04.html   (494 words)

 Animal Planet :: Corwin's Carnival of Creatures   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Giant otters live, hunt and play together in social groups (called holts) comprising male and female parents and their offspring.
Giant otters reach sexual maturity at 2 to 3 years of age; they soon leave the holt to search for vacant territory or a mate.
The giant otter is the South American cousin to the sea and river otters of North America, Europe and Africa.
animal.discovery.com /fansites/jeffcorwin/carnival/waterbeast/giantotter.html   (551 words)

 Giant Otters of Peru Tropical Rainforest
The Giant Otter lives in the rivers of the South American rain forest and is one of the most endangered species in South America.
Along with the wolverine and the sea otter, the Giant Otter is also one of the three largest animals in its group.
Giant Otters are at the top of the food pyramid in the tropical rainforest.
peruperu.com /giant-otters.htm   (1022 words)

 IOSF - International Otter Survival Fund
The Giant Otter is more restricted to isolated populations - in 2002 it was estimated that the country had a population of about 350 individuals occurring mostly in the National Parks (Damme, P.V et al 2002).
The Marine Otter is declining with important populations on Isla Catchagua in central Chile and Chiloe island to the south.
The Giant Otter is rare with small populations in the southern forest region and in the Apure and Portuguesta states.
www.otter.org /news/world3.html   (1158 words)

 Giant Otter Project (The Frankfurt Zoological Society) - Facts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Giant Otter Facts (Pteronura brasiliensis) is known as the River Wolf by local people but, in fact, it is not a wolf at all.
Giant Otters are semi-aquatic mammals that live in close-knit family groups, active during the day and feeding mainly on fish.
Giant Otters inhabiting rivers and creeks have linear home ranges, as compared to those living in lakes and swamps where home ranges are better defined in terms of surface area.
www.giantotters.com /facts   (285 words)

 Giant otter - Pteronura brasiliensis: More Information - ARKive
The giant otter, known locally as the 'river wolf', is one of South America's top predators and is the largest of the otter species in terms of length (2).
Where otters come into contact with local farmers they may accidentally become trapped in fishing nets or are seen as a direct threat to livelihood due to their voracious appetite for fish (2).
Giant otters are protected through much of their range and are listed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) (1), which effectively bans international trade.
www.arkive.org /species/GES/mammals/Pteronura_brasiliensis/more_info.html   (700 words)

 FZS Giant Otter Project - Facts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Giant Otters are energetic, highly social mammals, living in family groups usually of up to 10 individuals.
Giant Otters are active during the day and spend much of their time fishing.
When a Giant Otter reaches sexual maturity, at roughly 2 to 3 years of age, it gradually leaves the parent group and becomes a solitary individual, adopting a nomadic way of life in its search for a mate and its own territory.
www.watweb.com /giantotters/310301/popups/fact00.html   (353 words)

 Giant Otter Project (The Frankfurt Zoological Society) - Facts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Giant Otter males attain an overall length of 1.5 to 1.8 m and a weight of between 26 and 32 kg; females generally measure 1.5 to 1.7 m in length and may weigh between 22 and 26 kg (Duplaix, 1980).
Giant Otters are exclusively diurnal (although a group of 5 was observed traversing Colombian savannah by night; Valbuena, 1998; pers.
Giant Otters feed largely on a variety of fish both in deep as well as shallow water, possibly with increased success when hunting as a coordinated group.
www.giantotters.com /live/popups/fact02.html   (758 words)

 About Us: Philadelphia Zoo Home to First-Ever Giant River Otter Born in North American Zoo
Giant river otters are typically found in the river systems and wetlands of northern South America.
The giant otter is threatened by habitat destruction and persecution and has virtually disappeared from much of its original range.
The giant otter is a flagship species for the Guyana Shield, a geographic region in northeastern South America targeted for conservation efforts.
www.philadelphiazoo.org /index.php?id=10_5_43   (647 words)

 otter on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
OTTER [otter] name for a number of aquatic, carnivorous mammals of the weasel family, found on all continents except Australia.
The otter is a social and playful animal; groups have been seen playing "follow the leader," sliding down mudbanks, or tobogganing in the snow, apparently for the sake of pleasure.
A older female sea otter, left, acts as a surrogate mother to a young sea otter at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/o1/otter.asp   (1043 words)

 Giant Otter - Bagheera
The giant otter is the South American cousin to the sea and river otters of North America, as well as those of Europe and Africa.
Giant otters once were found throughout the tropical rain forests of the Amazon, down to Brazil's Pantanal, the world's largest wetland.
Otters are very sensitive to disturbance and will abandon their range with the advent of human settlement.
www.bagheera.com /inthewild/van_anim_otter.htm   (738 words)

 vfg Otter
Otter fur consists of a very dense undercoat overlaid with longer guard hairs, which are usually removed by furriers.
It is the Otter's fur that brought the animal to the brink of extinction.
Otters only known hunters are humans, Killer whales and Bald eagles are known to hunt Otter pups when other food is scarce.
www.vintagefashionguild.org /furs/otter.html   (689 words)

 Giant otter Amazon Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The Giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) is the biggest among all the 13 otter species of the world and one of the greatest predators of the tropical rainforests of South America.
Laidler, P.E. (1984) The behavioural ecology of the giant otter in Guyana.
Rosas, F.C.W., Zuanon J.A. and Carter S.K. (1999) Feeding ecology of the Giant Otter, Pteronura brasiliensis.
www.amazonia.org /SustainableDevelopment/Jauaperi/Biodiversity/GiantOtters/ResearchProposal-2001.en.htm   (1386 words)

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Giant Otters live in family groups, typically totaling anywhere from 3 to 10 individuals, which are made up of one reproductive pair and their offspring from up to the last four years.
Giant Otters are extremely active and strictly diurnal, spending as much as 8 hours hunting for fish each day, consuming about 20% of their body weight each day, about 10 pounds of fish per otter.
Giant Otters are now one of the 23 most endangered mammals in the world, and the most endangered mammal in the Amazon, according to the IUCN (Carter and Rosas, 1997).
www.perunature.com /downloads/Dauphineotterreport01.doc   (3907 words)

 Lioncrusher's Domain -- Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) facts and pictures
All otters in the group have a need to be close to one another, and spend great amounts of time grooming, playing, sleeping and hunting together.
Occasionally a solitary otter is seen, usually transient youngsters around 2-3 years old who just left their home group to set out on their own.
Giant otters are extremely vocal, perhaps the most vocal of all otter species.
www.lioncrusher.com /animal.asp?animal=183   (1381 words)

 The Living Edens "Manu" -- Fauna: Mammals
The giant otter hunts in packs of four to ten adults and has a remarkable predatory instinct and unusual feeding habits.
As illustrated in their hunting practices, giant otters are extremely social animals and prefer to stay in familial groups.
The giant anteater is a toothless mammal that feeds on ants and lives on the ground.
www.pbs.org /edens/manu/mammals.htm   (1261 words)

 OTTERNET.COM Species Profiles- Giant Otter
The tail of the Giant Otter is flattened and flanged.
The Giant Otter is at the top of the brazilian rain forest food chain, being able to kill a cayman or an Anaconda.
Giant Otters are very social animals living in family groups, including male and female parents and their young.
www.otternet.com /species/giant.htm   (1305 words)

 San Diego Zoo's Animal Bytes: Otter
Most otters are born in a den, helpless and with their eyes closed.
For sea otters in their ocean habitat it’s a little different—the pups are born with their eyes open, and they have a special coat of hair so they can float, even though they can’t swim yet.
For most otters, social groups are made up of a mother, her older offspring, and her newest pups; the males spend most of their time alone or with a few other males.
www.sandiegozoo.org /animalbytes/t-otter.html   (976 words)

The giant otter, of course, is tightly restricted to rivers and oxbow lakes, but even these show great variation in size, depth, pH, turbidity, oxygen content, and presence of underwater vegetation.
Giant otters are diurnal, noisy, and curious, and thus directly observable where present.
Local people consider giant otter to be a competitor for fish, yet studies of temperate aquatic systems have shown that top predators often increase both abundance and diversity of herbivorous fish, by predating on mid-level (or "meso") predatory fish (an example of top-down regulation) (Carpenter and Kitchell 1993).
www.duke.edu /~manu/Projects/carnivores/endangered_carnivores.htm   (4573 words)

 FZS Giant Otter Project - Conservation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The feasibility of reintroducing Giant Otters in appropriate habitats, in combination with a monitoring programme in order to supervise the released animals while preventing their illegal capture, should be evaluated.
Carter and Rosas have proposed that the status of the Giant Otter should be altered from 'vulnerable' to 'endangered' according to the A1 criterion of endangered species of IUCN (1996).
Fragmentation of Giant Otter populations must be halted by means of the creation of natural corridors which will permit migration of individuals between sub-populations, as well as recolonisation of habitats which remain intact.
www.watweb.com /giantotters/310301/popups/con05.html   (1342 words)

 OTTERNET.COM - Homepage
We also have habitat overviews for the five continents otters live on; there you can find which otters live in each country, what the threats to them are, and their conservation status.
Otters, once sought after for their fur, are making a comeback in some areas.
Otters are believed to have been on earth for 30 million years.
www.otternet.com   (404 words)

 Iwokrama Forest | Giant Otter
Giant Otters are a top predator of their freshwater environments.
Giant Otters are very social animals and live in family groups of 5 to 10 members consisting of a pair of adults and one to five cubs of varying ages.
Guyana's Giant Otters were first documented at the Karanambo Ranch in the North Rupununi in 1988.
www.iwokrama.org /forest/animals/giantotter.htm   (756 words)

 Iwokrama Research | Giant Otter
The rare and endangered Giant Otter is a top predator in freshwater ecosystems of the Guiana Shield and Amazonia.
Remaining Giant Otter populations are threatened by rapid development and the onset of commercial fishing in the Amazon, Orinoco, and La Plata River Basins where colonisation exposes large expanses of habitat to hunters and settlers.
Fish Consumption by Giant Otters in the North Rupununi Wetlands
www.iwokrama.org /research/projects/giantotter.htm   (821 words)

 Philadelphia Zoo Home to First-Ever Giant River Otter Born In North American Zoo
This birth is a fascinating opportunity for our staff to make historic contributions to otter care and management in zoos." Over the past several weeks, the pup has opened its eyes and slowly been introduced, by his parents, to swimming in the Zoo's 13,600-gallon exhibit.
Several factors have made the giant otter an easy and valuable target for poachers: its larger size, gregarious nature, daytime activity and tendency to approach intruders.
In protecting a key species such as the giant otter, conservationists hope to benefit a large number of plants and animals.
www.prnewswire.com /cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-04-2004/0002204615&EDATE=   (684 words)

 bp conservation programme
The giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) is one of the most endangered mammal species in the Neotropical region and one of four endangered otter species in the world.
The project aims to contribute to the conservation of the giant otter in the lowlands of Bolivia through generating reliable and standardized data on its’ distribution and population status.
The giant otter is considered the perfect flagship species for conservation and has the potential to inspire active interest in conservation among local and external stakeholders.
conservation.bp.com /projects/F200402_proj.asp   (199 words)

 CentralPets.com - Otter - Giant Page (Printer Friendly Version)
Giant Otters usually hunt singly in shallow waters, though when hunting in groups they will move into deeper areas of their habitats.
Giant Otters are native to South America, where they inhabit large rivers and other freshwater waterways in regions of tropical humid forests.
Giant Otter pups stay in their mother's den until they are two to three months old.
centralpets.com /php/PrintFriendly.php?AnimalNumber=4757   (775 words)

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