Photo Credit: Ashley Pienaar

World Otter Day is a day used to celebrate the special animal and raise awareness for its needs which include safe, clean waterways.


South Africa (25 May 2022) – Happy World Otter Day! The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital celebrates the day by highlighting two local organisations that work with the adorable species.

The IUCN SSC Otter Specialist Group is an international group of biologists made up of researchers, environmentalists, ecologists, toxicologists, zoo staff, rehabilitators, vets, educators and many others, who work towards preserving otter populations globally by offering insight and knowledge. The group specialises in the protection of all 13 otter species found globally.

The African Otter Network is more specialised in the two local species, which are the Cape Clawless Otter and the Spotted-neck Otter. The research and conservation network is working to further its knowledge of Africa’s otters and focus on conservation efforts that will safeguard clean water systems for people and animals.

“We honour the individuals that work tirelessly to support the otter populations and ensure the safety of many otter species around the world. Some of these individuals are on the IUCN SSC Otter Specialist Group as well as the African Otter Network, like one of our directors, Nicci Wright. Nicci has not only assisted many orphaned and injured otter herself, but has been an expert advisor to other rehabilitation centres that needed her guidance on otter. The raising and releasing of otter is no easy feat, and requires much skill, patience and persistence.” – Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital

The wildlife vet has had the privilege of caring for a few otters over the years. They are pretty cute; just take a look at the photo shared by wildlife photographer Ashley Pienaar above.

The wildlife vet treats indigenous wildlife, free of charge, relying on the community for donations and support. Sculptor Robert Rorich has created a series of Otter sculptures, and one of them will be auctioned off in honour of the work done by the wildlife veterinary team, the profits of which will go towards helping more animals. Should you wish to be a part of the auction, you can reach out to Gita via email to be added to the list.

There are several other ways that people can help too. JWVH accept donations here or see their full wishlist here. An easy way to get involved is to also nominate them on your MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet rewards card, which you can do so here. Or via direct bank transfer, see their banking details below.


Johannesburg Wildlife NPC
FNB Cheque account
Account nr: 62658400264
Branch code: 255355
Swift code: FIRNZAJJ

Sources: JWVH
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