Teo, Jeffrey. Due to water pollution, habitat loss, and other factors, smooth-coated otters are considered vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter for a concise roundup of our stories. The Otter Working Group’s methods—such as bringing together various types of citizens to help the otters—are now being adopted in Taiwan’s Kinmen Island and in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, which also have burgeoning populations of urban otters. Many of these enthusiasts have produced well-edited videos that vividly relay relatable stories about the otter populations in Singapore. Ottercity. This photograph taken on May 29, 2020 shows a bevy of smooth-coated otters next to a canal in Singapore. Despite these run-ins, the Singaporeans are generally fond of their cheeky neighbours. Population Structure, Distribution, and Habitat Use of Smooth-Coated Otters Lutrogale perspicillata in Singapore . Also found in Sungei Buloh are large monitor lizards, saltwater crocodiles, and smooth-coated otters, presumed extinct up until the 1990s—and 20 new species discovered for the first time. The Smooth-Coated Otter is a species rated vulnerable by the IUCN Red Book, and its expanding numbers and habitat in Singapore are helpful to its survival. Singapore’s waterways today have enough marine life that otters can comfortably survive in them. “BFM: The Business Radio Station - Citizen Science and the Case Study of Smooth-Coated Otters in Singapore.” Accessed January 4, 2019. International Otter Survival Fund.” Accessed March 1, 2019. They're cute, furry and beloved by Singaporeans. Most species of the semiaquatic animal live solitary lives. Group Bull. Singapore´s otters, long adored by the city-state´s nature lovers, are popping up in unexpected places during the coronavirus lockdown but their … That said, the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), an American environmental organisation with global reach, says that enforcement at the species level has not been carried out thoroughly. Lone otters are typically males in search of a group, and the size of these groups varies according to what different environments can provide. Otters are the subject of interest for many in Singapore, and a ground-up initiative to create a crowdsourced database on them—which you can add to!—has been completed. Otter enthusiasts have also set up their own Facebook pages, such as Ottercity, to spot and track their movements. SINGAPORE: Three otters were spotted in the heart of Singapore's Central Business District on Sunday (Oct 28), swimming in a water feature outside office building One … Singapore, Singapore | Singapore's otters, long adored by the city-state's nature lovers, are popping up in unexpected places during the coronavirus lockdown but their antics have angered some and even sparked calls for a cull. China is historically home to three species of otter. The current WABA review is addressing this. On a grassy strip along the highway, a blur of brown fur moves quickly, a small head popping up every so often to check for danger. Otters eat about 15 to 25 percent of their body weight each day. Smooth-coated otters, native to the area, had disappeared and were in danger of being locally extinct. She was history-trained but does other things now instead, like running an ecotourism shark conservation business, The Dorsal Effect. Pups of the Bishan family, only a few months old, swim behind their relatives in search of fish. Once thought to be extinct in Singapore, wild otters are making a comeback to the urban city state. With the streets empty, the creatures have been spotted hanging out by a shopping centre, scampering through the lobby of a hospital and even feasting on pricey fish stolen … The amount of space an otter needs depends on how much food is available, but they can maintain a large territory; one animal can travel nine miles a day. IUCN Otter Spec. Their diet usually reflects the diversity of fish species in the waters they inhabit, as well as the absence of predators. Interestingly, the branch of otters we now have in Singapore is believed to be a unique hybrid population—the, of an even union between both species, making it a surviving population that nearly went extinct. All Asian otter species have long been listed as vulnerable or endangered after facing decades of shrinking habitats and illegal trade in their pelts. Singapore has two species of otters. There are currently an estimated 10 families of otters in Singapore, numbering around 70 otters in total. http://www.otterspecialistgroup.org/Bulletin/Volume35/Vol35_Iss3_Index.html?fbclid=IwAR3ym9QO54h5_T3-kFltGZo0NhDFg-SDN82abyznrNRFXbc9tELFllIhYbY. Philip Johns, a biologist at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, is part of a team studying the urban otters and has created an app, Otter Spotter, for locals to report sightings. Of the 13 extant otter species, the Indian smooth-coated otter, Lutra perspicillata, has graced Singapore waters in recent years. *Special thanks to the community of avid otter watchers of Singapore, which has been so helpful in providing us photos, information, and datasets for this story on their beloved otters. In 2016, an otter family suddenly ran across the Singapore Marathon route, and Otter Working Group volunteers rushed to warn the runners of the otters’ presence, as well as also position themselves along the route to prevent the animals and runners from colliding. It’s … The two common species of otters in Singapore are the. https://www.nrdc.org/experts/paul-todd/asian-countries-propose-bans-commercial-trade-otters. The Zouks were first driven from a part of the Singapore River. A few months later, in February 2018, an angler was seen throwing rocks at otters swimming by the Punggol Waterfront. Singapore has launched a new nature park that covers 400 hectares (990 acres), in an area that serves as a refueling site for migratory birds and a home to oriental hornbills, otters and crocodiles. The animals enter their private but open ponds and feed on the expensive pet fish within, such as tilapia and koi. Smooth-Coated Otters in Singapore Sound Recording by Philip Johns. “Asian Countries Propose Bans on Commercial Trade in Otters.” NRDC. Theng, Meryl, and Sivasothi N. “The Smooth-Coated Otter Lutrogale Perspicillata (Mammalia: Mustelidae) in Singapore: Establishment and Expansion in Natural and Semi-Urban Environments.” IUCN/SCC Otter Specialist Group Bulletin 33 (January 1, 2016): 37–49. When asked to vote for a mascot that would represent Singapore in its 2016 National Day celebrations, citizens voted wholeheartedly for the otter. Accessed March 6, 2019. 3. COMMENTARY: Otters, which have always been native to Singapore, are a rare case of returning native species after most of their original habitat was destroyed. A few from OWG along with a few otter enthusiasts helped in the preparations and to decorate this afternoon! In Singapore's Marina Bay, an otter dines on a fish. Now, the story of Singapore's otters is remarkable. Additionally, the team has found that to cope with the lack of available land, the otters are changing their behaviour—for instance by living with their parents longer. Asian Small Clawed Otter Sound Clip, International Otter Survival Fund. Experiencing information fatigue? Population Structure, Distribution, and Habitat Use of Smooth-Coated Otters Lutrogale perspicillata in Singapore . There are laws against the trapping and killing of otters in Singapore. (Learn how wildlife can evolve quickly in cities.). With the streets empty, the creatures have been spotted hanging out by a shopping centre, scampering through the lobby of a hospital and even feasting on pricey fish stolen … For otters to continue thriving, they require adequate space to feed in, reproduce, dry their fur, and rest. As citizen interest in urban otters has deepened, so has scientific research, as biologists seek to learn how urban otters fit into such a bustling landscape. The smooth-coated otters were residents in the Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve in 1998, and the small-clawed otters have been around Pulau Tekong since the 1980s. The long-tailed macaque is a species of monkey, typically in packs of 30, that are native to Singapore. But the rise of the urban otter has caused some conflicts with people. India, Bangladesh, and the Philippines have submitted proposals for a ban on the international trade of Asian small-clawed otters and smooth-coated otters. “Otters of the World.” Discover Wildlife. They are taking a hit, changing their behaviour when pups are around. “They are pushing the fish toward the shoreline so the pups can learn how to catch them,” he explains. January 10, and 2019 Paul Todd. A showcase for compelling storytelling from the Los Angeles Times. Most species of the semiaquatic animal live solitary lives. The Bishan Otter Family, also known as the Bishan 10 and previously known as the Bishan 5, is a family of smooth-coated otters that reside in Singapore. This otter species is the biggest in Southeast Asia, with a length of 1 to 1.3 metres, including its tail, and weighs up to 11 kilograms. I was delighted to learn that the otters in Singapore are hybrids of two species, the first known case in wild otters. Most of Singapore's otters are the smooth-coated variety, classified as "vulnerable". 35 (3): 171 – 182). The clash, which was won by the Bishan otters, caused the death of at least one Marina otter pup. The Wild Animals and Birds Act (WABA) protects wildlife, but the law requires evidence of the act, which can make things difficult when preventive action is required. Accessed January 14, 2019. Accessed March 4, 2019. There are more and more sightings of wild otters in Singapore in recent years. Mp3. These otters are surprisingly intelligent, able to climb out of drains and travel across large patches of land to get to other waterways. Accessed March 1, 2019. There are two species of otters in SG – smooth-coated otters and Asian small-clawed otters. https://www.bfm.my/dr-philip-johns-smooth-coated-otters-singapore.html. Human–animal conflicts are common in urban spaces, but these can often be prevented with further awareness and education on appreciating Singapore’s native wildlife without threatening or encroaching on their territory. The Otter Working Group Singapore was given a Christmas tree to decorate at the Singapore Botanic Gardens for the upcoming Yuletide season. Singapore's otters, long adored by the city-state’s nature lovers, are popping up in unexpected places during the coronavirus lockdown but their antics have angered some and even sparked calls for a cull. The smooth-coated otters are believed to have swum across the Johor Straits from Malaysia to the north side of Singapore in 1998, before deciding to make the island their home. Otter pups stay with their parents longer than otter pups in other more rural populations. It's a far cry from 50 years ago, when Singapore’s rivers were choked with rotting animal carcasses, garbage, and sewage. There, two pups are nestled safely among the muddy tree roots, waiting for their parents to give the all-clear. Singapore On a grassy strip along the highway, a blur of brown fur moves quickly, a small head popping up every so often to check for danger. In July 2016, the 13th International Otter Symposium was held in Singapore for the first time. With the streets empty, the creatures have been spotted hanging out by a shopping center, sca Accessed January 14, 2019. While the otters seem to have fit into their urban environment, they still face threats, natural and human-made. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/01/wild-otters-popular-exotic-pets/. IUCN Otter Spec. There are two species of otters in SG – smooth-coated otters and Asian small-clawed otters… The smooth-coated ones grow up to about a metre long and weigh about 11kg. Singapore's very famous smooth-coated otters are a unique hybrid of two different species, reveals recent research. “Phylogeography of the Smooth-Coated Otter (Lutrogale Perspicillata): Distinct Evolutionary Lineages and Hybridization with the Asian Small-Clawed Otter (Aonyx Cinereus).” Scientific Reports 7 (January 27, 2017): 1–13. Distribution of the otter families in Singapore (Data source: Khoo, M de Yuan and Sivasothi, N (2018)b. Singapore's otters, long adored by the city-state's nature lovers, are popping up in unexpected places during the coronavirus lockdown but their antics have angered some and even sparked calls for a cull. They are … Contact with this highly charismatic species has other benefits for Singapore residents by providing a portal for urbanites to connect with biodiversity and nature more broadly. “Singapore is the best example with the smooth-coated otters living right in the city center,” he said. Ottercity. Homeowners in the gated-community enclave on the island of Sentosa reported in 2015 that their koi carp ponds had been emptied by otters, and one hotel in the same area lost 85,000 Singaporean dollars’ worth of ornamental fish over eight months, according to local news reports. N. Sivasothi, a senior lecturer from the Department of Biological Science, Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore, has been monitoring and following these otters with his students for years. These social animals usually live in family groups. “IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group Bulletin Volume 35 Issue 3 (2018).” Accessed January 14, 2019. Kathy writes marine and environmental stories at Kontinentalist. Profile of Indian smooth-coated otters. In 2017, news outlets reported that an otter bit a five-year-old girl at a nature park, the Gardens by the Bay. Otters need space to rest and sleep, and especially to dry their fur off after a hunting swim—this helps them maintain the waterproofing ability of their fur before they return to the water again. hello@kontinentalist.com. But conservationists say the recent surge in social media hype around the creatures has sparked such a frenzied demand for baby otters in Asian countries, Japan in particular, that it could drive entire species towards extinction. “But if you ask Singaporeans about the otters now, they could not only tell you what species they are, but which family they belong to, and how many babies the family has.” (Read how wildlife is hacking life in the city.). These sightings are of much delight to conservationists, as the presence of otters usually signals the health of the waters they are seen in. “Ottercity Facebook Page.” Ottercity Facebook Home. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330349070_Observations_of_the_Variation_in_Group_Structure_of_two_Urban_Smooth-Coated_Otter_Lutrogale_perspicillata_Groups_in_the_Central_Watershed_of_Singapore. With the streets empty, the creatures have been spotted hanging out by a shopping centre, scampering through the lobby of a hospital and even feasting on pricey fish stolen … The smooth-coated otters were residents in the Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve in 1998, and the small … When free, she enjoys being in the ocean, trying to spot some sharks or just home cuddling with her cavvie, Danea. In-depth stories about Asia and more delivered straight to your inbox every month. The first ever recorded otter sighting in Singapore actually dates back to 1938, on Lazarus Island, with the next sighting of otters recorded in the 1970s. http://www.otter.org/Public/AboutOtters_OtterSpecies.aspx. Unlike the rare colugos or the shy otters, these curious neighbors are easy to spot if you know where to look. But the restored waters brought back an otter banquet: tilapia, catfish and all manner of exotic species, such as the yellow-hued Orinoco peacock bass. Put together by passionate people for people! For National University of Singapore biologist Sivasothi N, the arrival of the Singapore otter—and its popularity among residents—is a welcome development. Academics like assistant professor Philip Johns of Yale–NUS College’s Life Sciences Department are also looking to encourage citizen science by building a mobile app that allows anyone to easily upload high quality videos of the otters from their mobile phones. Like many Singaporeans, I am a fan of these mammals and I love to see them foraging for food almost every evening at Changi Point between 6pm and 7pm. By 2014, the otter population had expanded to the west and south coasts of Singapore, and the current population had begun breeding by 2015. Their diet consists of fish, frogs, crabs, turtles etc. There are estimated to be about 90 otters in Singapore, making up 10 families, and appearances at popular tourist sites around the city-state’s downtown waterfront have transformed them into local celebrities. With the streets empty, the creatures have been spotted hanging out by a shopping center, scampering through the lobby of a hospital, and even feasting on pricey fish stolen … Most have not been sighted in typical otter habitats—often the wilder plots of nature in the country. Profile of Indian smooth-coated otters. Most of Singapore's otters are the smooth-coated variety, classified as "vulnerable". 35 (3): 171 - 182. Otters are incredibly resilient animals. Highly social creatures that move around in herds, otters do not take well to being sold as pets and kept individually. Thankfully, several countries are concerned about stopping the trafficking of wild otters. Contact with this highly charismatic species has other benefits for Singapore residents by providing a portal for urbanites to connect with biodiversity and nature more broadly. That’s really exciting,” he says. They're cute, furry and beloved by Singaporeans. The rise of citizen science has also created an even wider pool of data on otter observations and documentation of species behaviour, with groups like the Otter Working Group actively helping in the management and rescue of otters. Accessed February 25, 2019. Back to wwf.sg; Blog; Categories. The otters also now have Facebook fan pages, including Ottercity, which was founded by photographer Jeffery Teo. OtterWatch, a Facebook page dedicated to Singapore's otters, posted a photo of the otter on Thursday afternoon, with the phrase, "In Memory of 1st Otter in our City. Such research may also be crucial information for how the species—found throughout much of Asia, from India to Myanmar (Burma) to Malaysia—can adapt to new environments. Singapore is infamous for its stringent anti-litter laws — even chewing gum is banned. Where to find them: Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve, Pulau Ubin, Serangoon, Punggol, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. When the animals first reappeared in Singapore’s waterways, they were so unknown to most that “people thought that they could be beavers or seals,” says Sivasothi, who launched the website OtterWatch to help educate locals about these new inhabitants. Thanks to the Singapore River clean up in 1977, its ecological conditions and biodiversity have proven ideal for supporting otters—a far cry from our once oxygen-starved waterways. A paper published in Oryx in 2017 found a devastating drop in otter populations in another part of Asia: China. Take a walk on the wild side in Singapore, and you will find that one of the most adaptable immigrant wildlife species has made the island’s waterway systems its home, booming in number over the years. Much of MNS’ knowledge on otters comes from operating the Kuala Selangor park for over 30 years, where three of the four otter species in Malaysia are kept. Mostly found in the central and western catchments, the monkey can also be seen in public parks and some urban areas. At the edge of the lake, two leashed dogs strain toward the Zouk family. Column One. However, the adorable small-clawed otters, smaller in size than their smooth-coated counterparts, have also been highly trafficked in Southeast Asia, according to a report by wildlife conservation organisation Traffic. They now live all over the island—from the farming area of Kranji in the north to the manicured Singapore Botanic Gardens in the center to the glittering finance district of Marina Bay in the south. We've seen appearances of the smooth coated otter in Singapore. The two common species of otters in Singapore are the smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) and the small-clawed otter (Aonyx cinereus). “The pups’ success rate is around 50 percent, while the adults’ success rate is closer to 100 percent. “It’s a really healthy population,” Johns says. Mp3. Commuters sitting in evening traffic appear oblivious, likely already accustomed to seeing the charismatic mammals traipsing about this Southeast Asian metropolis of 5.7 million. Singapore’s otters, long adored by the city-state’s nature lovers, are popping up in unexpected places during the coronavirus lockdown but their … But some are now saying the otters' revival has gone too far. The two common species of otters in Singapore are the smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) and the small-clawed otter (Aonyx cinereus). Singapore's otter families all have names. Otters are just one of the country's numerous animal species. Now at least 90 otters, part of 10 thriving families, live within the island-state, and their population is growing, thanks to rich food sources—such as koi ponds—and lack of predators. The otter species commonly seen here is the smooth coated otter, which can grow to nearly one metre long. While most wild otters would leave their family at around two years old, Singapore’s otters will stay with their parents until three or four, as they wait for territory to open up. The Singapore story is a sanctuary of hope in a region otherwise largely hostile to aquatic weasels. SubscribePrivacy Policy(UPDATED)Terms of ServiceCookie PolicyPolicies & ProceduresContact InformationWhere to WatchConsent ManagementCookie Settings. Although there was no known proof of actual rat poisoning, the otter died soon after in July 2017. Smooth-coated ones grow up to 1.2m long and 11kg in weight. Group Bull. on the population movement of otters, brought this to light. OtterCity is a platform to share original collection of otter stories, pictures and videos in Singapore. The smooth-coated otters were residents in the Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve in 1998, and the small-clawed otters have been around Pulau Tekong since the 1980s. https://www.iucnosgbull.org/Volume35/Khoo_Sivasothi_2018b.html, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/308317517_The_Smooth-Coated_Otter_Lutrogale_perspicillata_Mammalia_Mustelidae_in_Singapore_Establishment_and_Expansion_in_Natural_and_Semi-Urban_Environments. Otters are just one of the country's numerous animal species. 90K likes. Now, to do his research all he has to do is step outside his house to see the sleek, playful creatures that are doing just swimmingly in Singapore. Moretti, Beatrice, Omar F Al-Sheikhly, Monica Guerrini, Meryl Theng, Brij K Gupta, Mukhtar K Haba, Waseem Khan, Aleem Khan, and Filippo Barbanera. More stories. About 10 otters died in Singapore last year from a combination of fighting and vehicle collisions. The NRDC has since been partnering with organisations around the world to put together a strong case for the ban. Once thought to be extinct in Singapore, wild otters are making a comeback to the urban city state. “Distinguishing Features between Asian Small-Clawed Otters and Smooth-Coated Otters,” March 5, 2019. At the height of the lockdown, we've watched an otter family frolicking by the Mustafa department store … Otters likely repopulated Singapore by swimming across the Johor Straits from Malaysia in the 1990s. (Read how hundreds of wild parrots have flocked to this Brazilian city.). The otters in Singapore are the lucky ones; though once thought to be extinct here, wild otters have made a strong comeback in local waters. One of the few wildlife species well-adapted to urban environments, otters are popular enough in the Garden City to be featured in David Attenborough’s Wild City documentary about Singapore in 2015, as well as in BBC Earth’s Wild Cities in 2019. https://cdn-images.kontinentalist.com/kontinentalist-story-asset-1551411308.mp3. There are four species of river otters in Asia: the smooth-coated otter, small-clawed otter, hairy-nosed otter, and Eurasian otter. In Sentosa Cove, a luxury district in an island off Singapore’s southern coast, residents have found the otters a problem. Species: Smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata). They featured in a documentary narrated by David Attenborough, are tracked avidly by the local media — and have been spotted more frequently since people were asked to stay home … Should you spot mistakes, inaccuracies, or have queries about our sources, please drop us an e-mail at There is scant information on the sea otter, which is only found in the coastal waters of northern Japan. 90K likes. Menu. Though education alone is not enough to change behaviours around our wildlife, several impassioned otter watchers have been volunteering their services to help new otter watchers stay mindful of their subjects—a heartening gesture. Local scientist Meryl Theng who contributed to an international. If there is less food around, otter families will split up into smaller packs to seek food. Did you know that wild otters are often sighted in Singapore? Encouraging good wildlife ethics, along with public involvement in research and monitoring of the species, helps the ongoing conservation and management of otters in Singapore. Singapore’s otters, long adored by the city-state’s nature lovers, are popping up in unexpected places during the COVID-19 lockdown, but their antics have angered some and even sparked calls for a cull. SINGAPORE: In 2017, when an otter bit a French girl in Gardens by the Bay, many observers attributed the accident to defensive behaviour as humans got too close to a wild animal. Some species are more aquatic than others but all otters are strong swimmers, well adapted to both marine and freshwater habitats. There are more and more sightings of wild otters in Singapore in recent years. “The only problem we foresee now is a lack of space for these territorial animals.”. The otters have become a popular local and international attraction since they were first spotted in 2014. Lutra Lutra, the Eurasian otter, can be found across vast swathes of the world from Portugal in the west all the way east to Korea and as far south as Sumatra, but otter populations globally have been in decline for decades. Residents have erected fences to keep them out, but nature conservationists note that these fences, deployed neither adequately or appropriately, have been effective at stopping otters adapted to surviving in the urban environment. “Observations of the Variation in Group Structure of Two Urban Smooth-Coated Otter Lutrogale Perspicillata Groups in the Central Watershed of Singapore.” ResearchGate. Otterwatch, another Facebook group focused on otters, was set up in 2012 by the National University of Singapore’s N. Sivasothi to help support several student projects with otters. The group was created in a bid to promote awareness and public education to protect of the now-native otters, as well as to mitigate potential increases in human–animal conflict. For instance, group members place road signs and educational signs at otter hot spots, as well as attempt to manage potential conflict. Otters from the Bisham family react to a dog in Bay East Garden. Reunited, the family forms a v-formation as they glide across the mirrored lake. With the streets empty, the creatures have been spotted hanging out by a shopping center, scampering through the lobby of a hospital and even feasting on pricey fish stolen from a pond. Johns signals to approach the edge of the lake. Put together by passionate people for people! As the sun rises from behind the baobab trees in the botanic gardens one morning, Johns points to an otter family—the same one commuting along the highway—foraging among the reeds. The creatures gobbled several fish including an arowana, a prized species that can sell for tens of thousands of dollars. OtterCity is a platform to share original collection of otter stories, pictures and videos in Singapore. The Bishan family swins in Marina Bay with the iconic Singapore skyline in the background. The otters of Singapore have proven flexible in adapting quickly to an urbanised landscape, having had to cope with very little space to dry off their fur. Now, the story of Singapore's otters is remarkable. (Learn more about Singapore’s urban innovations.). Singapore has about 80 smooth-coated otters, also known as Lutrogale perspicillata - one of 13 otter species in the world. This photograph taken on May 29, 2020 shows a bevy of smooth-coated otters next to a canal in Singapore. Singapore’s otters, long adored by the city-state’s nature lovers, are popping up in unexpected places during the coronavirus lockdown but their antics have angered some and even sparked calls for a cull. 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