Giant river otter

Known Locally as “wolves of the river”

the endangered giant river otter is not as ferocious as its name implies.

Its naturally curious disposition made the otter an easy target

for hunters who killed them for their precious fur

decreasing their population to a few thousand in the wild.

Though protective legislation enacted in the 1980s made hunting illegal

the giant river otter is still at risk today,

habitat loss and pollution

from mining, logging, damming, and overfishing

are currently the major threats

to the survival of this species.

© What is Missing? Foundation
Audio: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Video: NAtional Geographic

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