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Join In the Otterly Mad Week - Sunday May 30-June 6

2010-05-28
http://www.otter.org/otterlyMad.aspx.


May 28, 2010, Press Dispensary. All over the world, people will be going Otterly Mad from 30 May – 6 June.  The aim of the week, which is being organised by the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF), is to create more awareness of otters and their conservation and to draw attention to how we can help them.

The conservation of the otter is NOT a sentimental luxury.  Being at the top of the food chain and living on the land and in the water it is an ambassador to a healthy environment.

At the moment we are helping people in the Democratic Republic of Congo who are caring for Mazu, a Congo clawless otter cub whose mother was killed by hunters when he was just a week old.
Grace Yoxon

Otter fever is growing with many events being held at the Sea Life Centres throughout the UK including otter face painting and badge making, an auction of the animal care team to eat bugs, an otter cuddly toy hunt and a sponsored bike ride.  Kindrogan Field Centre is holding an open day and you may also find people busking in Stockton-on-Tees.

In America, Houston Zoo in Texas and “Roos-n-More” in Nevada are joining in the fun with many events during the week, including an Otterly Mad Tea Party and meet the keepers.

All these events and more can be found on the IOSF website, http://www.otter.org/otterlyMad.aspx.

Grace Yoxon from IOSF said “We hope people will have fun while spreading the word about how important these animals are.  All funds raised will go to support IOSF’s otter work caring for orphaned and injured otters, like Dylan here.  He followed someone with a harmonica and so he obviously had to be named after Bob Dylan!  We care for otters from all over the UK and Ireland and give advice to other people caring for otters worldwide.  At the moment we are helping people in the Democratic Republic of Congo who are caring for Mazu, a Congo clawless otter cub whose mother was killed by hunters when he was just a week old.  Otters are everyone’s favourite animal so come on and join in this unique event.”

IOSF was set up in 1993 to protect and help the 13 species of otter worldwide, through a combination of compassion and science.  It supports projects to protect otters, which will also ensure that we have a healthy environment for all species, including our own.

If anyone would like to know more about the work of IOSF go to www.otter.org

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Notes for editors
High quality photos for printing are available from Grace Yoxon at the address below.
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Patron:  Julian Pettifer.  Joint Presidents:  Laurence Broderick, Dennis Furnell.  Head of Operations:  Dr Paul Yoxon
IOSF is an international fund set up to conserve otters worldwide and is organised by SEC Ltd solely for this purpose.
Reg No 109031.  Charity No SC003875

For further information, please contact:
Grace Yoxon, International Otter Survival Fund
Tel: + 44 1471 822487
Email:
Site: www.otter.org

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Grace Yoxon
Tel: + 44 1471 822487
Email:
Site: www.otter.org

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Dylan, a European otter cub

Dylan, a European otter cub
Dylan, a European otter cub
Dylan during his time at IOSF's Rehabilitation Centre.
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Dylan, a European otter cub

Dylan during his time at IOSF's Rehabilitation Centre.

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Mazu the Congo Clawless otter

Mazu the Congo Clawless otter
Mazu the Congo Clawless otter
Mazu at approximately 6 weeks of age and bottle feeding.
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Mazu the Congo Clawless otter

Mazu at approximately 6 weeks of age and bottle feeding.

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Mazu the Congo Clawless otter

Mazu the Congo Clawless otter
Mazu the Congo Clawless otter
Mazu bottle feeding, aged about 6 weeks. Clawless toes clearly visible.
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Mazu the Congo Clawless otter

Mazu bottle feeding, aged about 6 weeks. Clawless toes clearly visible.

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