Asia’s Most Endangered Otter Rediscovered in Malaysia

Camera traps in the Deramakot Forest Reserve of Malaysia’s Sabah state have captured images of the hairy-nosed otter. The otter had not been seen in Sabah in a century, and the last one known in all of Borneo was an animal that was struck and killed by a car in Brunei in 1997. The otter was photographed as part of the Conservation of Carnivores in Sabah (ConCaSa) project being conducted by the German-based Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research and the Sabah Forestry Department. Although the photograph was taken in 2008, the identity of the species had to be verified by experts before the results were published in the journal of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission (IUCN/SSC). The ConCaSa project also captured the first-ever video footage of the otter civet. Read the full story (and see a photograph of the otter and a still from the civet video) at Free Malaysia Today.

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