November 2017

We have a new report that includes the latest on William’s endeavours and more tidbits of interesting news. Click here to check it out -> November 2017 Report <-
October 2017

Dancing while sprainting! New behavioural discoveries by the talented African Otter Network team, Rowan Jordaan, Michael Somers and Trevor McIntyre! Congratulations on your publication and thank you for giving us more info on this iconic species.

Read more -> here <-

September 2017

Raising awareness -> William is on a roll! He is launched in his plight to educate the local people (fishermen, adults and children alike) and has sent us his most recent report, that you can read here: Raising Awareness Project

31st of May, 2017

World Otter Day celebrations!

“I started the journey and headed to Nyasa District for creating awareness to Students. It almost 62 km from Mbinga town, and it took 4:30 hours to reach Ng’ombo by bus and Land rover and as it is rough road. The aim was to visit two schools found in the shore of Lake Nyasa to persuade them about the role played by Otters in Ecology and the way to preserve them in their natural habitat.” Read more about William’s awareness journey ->World Otter day 2017 <-

May 2017 – updated Resources section with fantastic new education material!

To help the AON celebrate World Otter Day, our Education Officer Carol Bennetto created incredibly new multi-lingual education materials, including but not limited to: mazes to help otters survive in the wild, masks and fact sheets for children. We are extremely lucky to have her – thank you Carol! You can find all the material -> here <-

May 2017 – Visit with Tanzanian outreach partner William Mgomo, Jan Reed-Smith (Director), Brenda Stalter (donor) and John Ngoma (field logistics)

Please click here -> AON visit May 17 2017 <- to read more about this exciting visit and a recap of our project status in rural Tanzania



William Mgomo is a Game Warden in Tanzania and is monitoring local otter populations, talking with local fishermen and working on local solutions to human/otter conflicts for fish resources. His priorities are fuel for his motorcycle (piki piki in Swahili) and educational outreach materials. Click here to read more about William Mgomo

MARCH 2017 NEWS! click here -> William Mgomo Project Update

Camera Trap Photos & Sightings -> Have you seen an otter? Did you put up a camera trap for another animal and find an otter instead? Send it to us ( together with some basic info – date, place, any interesting details – so we can add it to our database. Thank you!




Rubondo Island School

Several outreach projects have taken place in cooperation with the Tanzanian National Park staff on Rubondo Island in Lake Victoria. These projects have included letter and drawing exchanges with U.S. children, student competitions with winners earning a visit to the island, outreach to school-based conservation clubs on neighbouring islands, inter-club competitions with winning clubs visiting Rubondo Island National Park or Saanane National Park, visits to cultural museums in Mwanza, local community clean-up efforts, and teacher workshops on the island to evaluate the success of their conservation education efforts and an opportunity to network with other teachers and biologists. These workshops resulted in renewed commitment and solutions to curriculum problems for the teachers while the students all discovered first-hand the benefits of healthy environments for people and wildlife alike. Then place a link to a couple of the reports. Please click here for a complete report of the project.

Kikongo Otter Sanctuary 

in Democratic Republic of Congo have created a boys club to address slash & burn agriculture by planting trees – they provided 25 shovels, buckets, wheel barrows and supplies to spread the word to not hunt otters! Click here to read more about the Kikongo Otter Sanctuary

Past Projects

By clicking here you can read a report about teacher workshops that we organised in Rubondo

 Here and here you will find two reports on a series of events also held at Rubondo

And here you can read the end of year report for 2010