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Project information

IOSF Otter Hospital

Help orphaned and injured otters at our sanctuary. We need funds to provide fish, medical care and general equipment required in the day-to-day running of the centre.

Each otter costs around £1600 from the moment they come into our care to release

12 months

Charity information: International Otter Survival Fund

International Otter Survival Fund logo
  • Need


    IOSF has cared for over 200 injured and orphaned otters since it began around 25 years ago. Each otter provides a different and unique rearing process as everyone is different.

    Otters stay with the mother for 12-15 months and therefore, when we receive an otter cub, they must stay with IOSF for that period of time.


    IOSF offers otters in need a safe passage back into the wild. These individuals which have been left dependant for a variety of reasons come into our care before being released back to the wild, where they belong.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Caring for orphaned and injured otters


    » Provide care and a safe environment for all otters that come in to IOSF care.

    What success will look like

    Our overall goal for this project is release otters back to the wild.

    Aim 2

    Release otters back to the wild


    » Find a suitable, safe release site.

    What success will look like

    Monitoring the release and seeing they integrate back into the wild.

  • Impact


    IOSF continues to care for otters that are in need. We have had a variety of different cases that have needed our expertise and will continue to offer this for many more years to come.

    Seeing otters released back to the wild and back where they belong ensures that the hard work we put in is worthwhile.


    Release sites and weather conditions are unsuitable.

    IOSF always picks suitable, safe release sites and favourable conditions to ensure that otters have the maximum chance of survival following release.


    Through website, newsletter and social media

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Fish Feeding for juvenile/adult otters
      £300 Milk Suitable milk for otter cubs
      £200 Vet Bills Vet bills to ensure otters are unharmed and checked by professional vet.
      £500 Maintenance Maintenance of facilities to ensure they are safe for keeping otters.
  • Background


    The IOSF otter hospital is based on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.


    Otter populations. Local environments. Wetland Ecology

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) is one of the world's leading otter charities solely dedicated to the conservation, protection and care of otters based on 25 years of scientific research in the UK and around the world.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Paul Yoxon

    Head of Operations

    Helen Stephenson


    Janet Wildgoose



will buy 1Kg of special fish-eater vitamins to keep the cubs healthy