Otters in captivity as ambassadors for wetland conservation

Hans-Heinrich Krüger


In the 20th century, the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) became extinct in large areas of central Europe. Several factors contributed to this dramatic decline, as for instance hunting, accidental mortality, pollution and habitat destruction. Even if some public opinion states that following this decline wild animals should not be held in captivity, it has been advisable to hold otters in captivity for possible reintroduction projects.

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