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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Whittles Publishing; First Edition edition (8 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849951292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849951296
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.9 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 556,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Written by conservationists who have spent 20 years working on otter species worldwide, this book is filled with fascinating facts about these enigmatic animals and their lifestyles. ...this most enjoyable and beautifully illustrated book...' First Nature Blog and Algarve Wildlife '...tells the tale of all 13 otter varieties around the globe, of the ones whose very existence is endangered, and the ones who continue to thrive. But it's also an amazing tale of what makes otters special...' The Weekly News '...this excellent appraisal of the various species, we find the answers to all our queries - and a great deal more besides. ...informative and immensely readable, the supporting colour photography is quite exceptional with all species being included. Well researched, well presented and well written. ... Books such as this can only help the overall cause by explaining the creature in such rich detail'. Ned Middleton '...makes a powerful argument for otter conservation... ...is clearly a labour of love: concise, comprehensive, well written and with excellent illustrations. It could, in itself, become a powerful toolin promoting political action for the worldwide conservation of all varieties of this most engaging animal'. John O' Groat Journal 'The very well written book beautifully illustrated with photographs of every species incl. very rare ones like the Hairy-nosed Otter or the Marine Otter. ...this is a great addition to the library of everyone interested in otters. Recommended.' Predator Ecology and Conservation '...it is clear the authors are dedicated to helping, protecting and better understanding otters. ...reveals their charming, intelligent and endearing characters but also informs the reader about the many problems facing them across the globe. ...is clearly written, in accessible and non-technical language. ...so narrative flows easily and gently. ...every page is filled with fascinating, relevant and important facts about Otters. ...an enormous number of very special images revealing the intriguing and often secret world of these beautiful mammals. A thoroughly interestng and worthwhile read which I can not commend highly enough. Thank you Paul and Grace for sharing your passion and expertise with us!' Dr. Peter Bowen-Walker '...contains a wealth of information regarding the status of all 13 species of otters worldwide. A gem of a book written with great affection by authors who have a deep understanding of their subject'. ECOS

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Grace was presented with the IFAW Animal Action Award for Conservation in 2012; IOSF was Wildlife Conservation Award Winner, British Animal Honours, 2013. Paul has worked on many TV and radio programmes including Wildlife on One, The One Show, Animal Hospital and Blue Peter and they have both had various articles and books published.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Oct. 2014
Format: Paperback
Ever since I first saw Jack Couffer's 1969 film `Ring of Bright Water,' I have always liked the Otter and have taken notice whenever local headlines informed us they were being reintroduced into former habitats. That said, mine was nothing more than an `armchair' interest and, as far as I was aware, an Otter was an Otter with some species found in the UK and others abroad. Having read this book, all that is now changed.

In this excellent appraisal of the various species, we find the answers to all our queries - and a great deal more besides. Commencing with the simply-put question `What is an Otter?, Chapter 1 explains much that we might need to know in a fascinating and hugely entertaining way. In so doing, the book provides a better understanding of this engaging creature which may reappear in our local waters at any time - if not already.

The following chapters are then devoted to the many different species found around the world - as follows; Eurasian, Spotted-Necked, Smooth-Coated, Hairy-Nosed, North American River, Marine, Neotropical/Long-Tailed, Southern River, Giant, African Clawless, Asian Smooth-Clawed, Congo Clawless and Sea Otter before continuing with further chapters on; Rescue & Rehabilitation, Otters and Pollution, Otters and Fisheries, Illegal Trade and, finally, `The Future.' The book then concludes with; Appendices, Further Reading and Index.

Whereas the text is, as I have said, both informative and immensely readable, the supporting colour photography is quite exceptional with all species being included. Whereas it may be fair to say most people know that certain birds (such as the Cormorant) are used by fishermen, I was not previously aware that some Otters are also trained for the same purpose.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Nov. 2014
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Otters of the World by Paul Yoxon and Grace M. Yoxon is a new and interesting book for everybody interested in otters.
The authors are otter conservationists and have been involved in otter conservation for many years.

The book is written mostly for a general audience. It covers basic otter ecology and then every otter species in the world.

It starts with a general introduction to otters ("What are otters?"). It is short with 11 pages but covers enough information
about otters so that the reader has a pretty good idea about what makes an otter.

The texts for each species cover both the basic biology and the conservation of each species. Of course the book cannot go into too much detail for each species as this would require a much bigger book. For those interested I recommend Hans Kruuk's "Otters - ecology, behaviour and conservation".

At the end of the book are further chapters about the future of otters and how they can be saved. The book covers the problems otters have today like pollution, roads, habitat destruction or persecution.
The solutions provided for otter conservation make sense and it shows that the authors really know a lot about otter conservation.
It is not all negative and the book also shows positive developments.

The very well written book is beautifully illustrated with photographs of every species incl. very rare ones like the Hairy-nosed Otter or the Marine Otter.

As mentioned above the book is mostly written for a general audience but even specialists ans scientists may find some useful information. But here comes the only negative remark I have. The book does not have any scientific references.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy Coventry on 31 Dec. 2014
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A great first choice of intro book to the worlds 13 species of Otter.
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An excellent appraisal of the Otter! 2 Dec. 2014
By Ned Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ever since I first saw Jack Couffer's 1969 film `Ring of Bright Water,' I have always liked the Otter and have taken notice whenever local headlines informed us they were being reintroduced into former habitats. That said, mine was nothing more than an `armchair' interest and, as far as I was aware, an Otter was an Otter with some species found in the UK and others abroad. Having read this book, all that is now changed.

In this excellent appraisal of the various species, we find the answers to all our queries - and a great deal more besides. Commencing with the simply-put question `What is an Otter?, Chapter 1 explains much that we might need to know in a fascinating and hugely entertaining way. In so doing, the book provides a better understanding of this engaging creature which may reappear in our local waters at any time - if not already.

The following chapters are then devoted to the many different species found around the world - as follows; Eurasian, Spotted-Necked, Smooth-Coated, Hairy-Nosed, North American River, Marine, Neotropical/Long-Tailed, Southern River, Giant, African Clawless, Asian Smooth-Clawed, Congo Clawless and Sea Otter before continuing with further chapters on; Rescue & Rehabilitation, Otters and Pollution, Otters and Fisheries, Illegal Trade and, finally, `The Future.' The book then concludes with; Appendices, Further Reading and Index.

Whereas the text is, as I have said, both informative and immensely readable, the supporting colour photography is quite exceptional with all species being included. Whereas it may be fair to say most people know that certain birds (such as the Cormorant) are used by fishermen, I was not previously aware that some Otters are also trained for the same purpose. Elsewhere there are some amazing close-up pictures showing, for example, a Congo Clawless Otter digging for worms, a Neotropical looking as though it is cleaning its teeth, one which is eating a crab, another even eating a Python (a small Python!) and all manner of adults and cubs in various situations.

Well researched, well presented and well written, it is easy to see why those with a `real' passion for the Otter are so driven. Books such as this can only help the overall cause by explaining the creature in such rich detail.

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