“5 FACTS ABOUT OTTERS” – a short film by TRAFFIC and WWF-India released on World Otter Day 2021

The energetic and playful otters are the top predators of the river ecosystem in India and have been the silent victims of the illegal wildlife trade for decades. They are poached mainly for their soft and lustrous fur used to make coats, hats, linings, and other fashion items.  To highlight this, TRAFFIC’s India Office and WWF-India have released a short film “5 Facts about Otters” today on World Otter Day, 26 May 2021.
The film aims to raise support for the protection and conservation of otters and help #EndWildlifeTrafficking . Also available is a factsheet on otters to help people understand the species, its role in the ecosystem, protection status, and the threats they face due to the illegal wildlife trade.  Download the factsheet here.


‘Wildlife trade’ refers to the commercial use by people of wild animal and plant resources. While most of this trade is legal, a significant portion of it is not.

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TRAFFIC works closely with the National and the State Governments and various agencies to help study, monitor and influence action to curb illegal wildlife trade and bring wildlife trade within sustainable levels.

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