WCS Ecuador

Giant river otters

The giant otters, also known as river otters, are the largest of all species. Adults reach a height about two meters long. His skin is brown and has a yellowish white spot on the neck, this spot is different in each animal. They have long whiskers which serve to guide and detect underwater fish are their favorite food.


Conservation Approach

The giant otters spend much time in the water looking for fish, after eating, they tend to sleep on fallen logs on the banks of rivers and lakes. In the summer, get food easily because the fish are concentrated in the main channels of rivers and lagoons, in the winter look for fish in the flooded areas. They build their nests on the banks of rivers and lakes, there they sleep together, also born here and take care for their offspring. In the past they were hunted almost to extinction because their skin was used to make coats.




WCS Ecuador
Antonio Flores Jijón E17-96 y Sotomayor, Sector Bellavista.

Key Staff

Víctor Utreras
Aquatic Ecology
Adriana Burbano
Country Program Director
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Partners Include

Estación Científica Yasuní-Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador