Giant River Otters of The Rio Tres Irmaos (Three Brothers River)

By the 1970’s the number of Giant Otters found South America  had fallen dramatically. Mainly due to a demand for their pelts, deforestation, and human disturbance. By the time we travelled in 2008 to the Peruvian Amazonian rain forest,  they had become an endangered species. On that occasion we travelled by canoe up the Las Piedras River. […]

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‘River wolves’ recover in Peruvian park, but still remain threatened inside and out (photos)

This highly intelligent, deeply social, and simply charming freshwater predator almost vanished entirely due to a relentless fur trade in the 20th Century. But decades after the trade in giant river otter pelts was outlawed, the species is making a comeback—at least in well-managed protected areas. A new study in PLOS ONE finds that the […]

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