IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group Certificate Course on Otter Ecology and Conservation

Dates: 30th March to 1st April 2018

Introduction to the world of otters


Getting to know otters

Overview of 13 species of otters in the world and their conservation status

Distribution of otters species in the world

Smallest and the largest otter in the world

Interesting facts about otters

Key differences between Aonyx genus and Lutra genus

Smooth-coated Otter ecology and research methods


Understand Smooth-coated otter ecology

Exploring the mangrove forests in search of Smooth-coated otters – Field trip to get hands on learning

Insight into Smooth-coated otter behavior and adaptation capabilities

Understand habitat parameters essential for Smooth-coated otter survival

Understand threats faced by Smooth-coated otters

Identifying signs of Smooth-coated otters (grooming, latrine sights, tracks, dens)

Asian-small Clawed Otter ecology and research methods


Understand Asian Small-clawed otter ecology

Trekking through forest stream in search of Asian small-clawed otters – Field trip to get hands on learning

Insight into Asian Small-clawed otter behavior and adaptation capabilities

Understand habitat parameters essential for Asian Small-clawed otter survival

Understand threats faced by Asian Small-clawed otters

Otter Conservation Challenges


Why otter conservation is critical

Insights into otter conservation status

Understanding threats faced by otters

Generic and local threats

Otters and humans sharing spaces

Importance of conservation research

Practical approach to otter conservation

How you can contribute to otter conservation


Individual/team projects on otters executed with funding from grants

Doing pilot surveys to determine presence and conservation status

Community engagement and outreach programs

Working with local governments, policy makers, and NGO’s

Educational programs in schools

Generating otter conservation support through social media networking

Multidisciplinary approach to otter conservation

Field Trips, Location, Course Fee


Field Trips: 1. Explore the mangrove forests in search of Smooth-coated otters.

2. Trek through forest stream in the Western Ghats in search of Asian small-clawed otters


Location: Wild Otters field base, Chorao Island, Goa


Course Fee: For Students ₹ 8500, For Professionals ₹ 9700 (includes accommodation, food and field travel)


To register contact Katrina Fernandes - [email protected]

Certificate will be provided after the completion of the course.