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  • 1. Technology + Technology- • Sanctuary • Habitat loss • More protected • Disturbance areas • Shot by • Long term fisherman conservation • Poaching project • Pelting • Zoos helping • Over-fishing The giant otter is impacted by technology because they have made sanctuaries , protected areas and the zoo which help these area get formed. Some people don’t obey the law and don’t care about the giant otter becoming endangered and even extinct by shooting them for competition of fish and then illegally skinning them to sell their fur. Doing this disturbs their holt (family) and environment.
  • 2. Science + Science - • Zoo recovery • Water pollution equipment • Fossil fuel • Conservation extraction sites • Mining • Eco-tourism • Logging • Ecology • Hydro-dams studies • Toxic waste • Scientists • Genetic labs The scientific impacts on the giant otter are from scientists observing them and learning and discovering how we can help the giant otter. Also some of the equipment they use to help them survive and repopulate. The giant otter also gets poisoned from mining and toxic waste from factories such as oil finding its way into drains and then into rivers. Hydro-dams that block up the rivers not allowing water to flow through for them to survive in.
  • 3. Explanation The giant otter is endangered because there is only around 2000 to 5000 giant otters in the wild. The giant otter was killed that there where just 12 in 1971. loggers first moved into the rain forest destroying all the plants along riverbanks then farmers followed and disturbed the habitat. Out of 12 otter species the giant otter is the rarest and only lives in South America. They are also the rarest mammal in the Amazon. Their greatest threat is from lose of habitat and poisoning from pollution. Last of all giant otters are actually friendly and will come up to humans but, most of the humans are hunters.
  • 4. Adaptations The giant otter has a brown silky skin which is like a skunks and its water repellent. They can grow up to 2ms long and around 30kgs. For their diet they can have crabs, fish, frogs and even anacondas. They can eat up to 4kg of food every day as well they always eat their prey head first. Giant otter are carnivores. Their habitat is in south America in slow running river, creeks, lakes, marshes and forest areas. They build burrow on the river bank for the holt to liver in. the holt contains 9- 12 giant otters and the female is the leader. Giant otters are noisy. They have been known to coo, whistle, squeal, growl and bark. Not just being noisy they are intelligent, playful and hyperactive. Giant otter are amphibious and are excellent swimmers. Although giant otters are 2ms long they do have predators. They have jaguars and pumas that will
  • 5. hunt them down, but their main threats are humans. Some adaptations the otter has are its webbed feet which help them get through the eat and the watery environment itself. Giant otters have little holes for theirs ears which get covered up by skin to stop water coming in, they also have claws which help them catch and eat their prey.
  • 6. Bibliography Peg Lopata (February 2009). Screech, Slurp, Slap, and Swoosh: Not Just Another Otter. Retrieved on 20th June 2010 from HYPERLINK "http://www.school.ebonline.co.nz/comptons/magazi ne/article? id=36681470"http://www.school.ebonline.co.nz/com ptons/magazine/article?id=36681470 Giant Otter (Brazilian, Flat-tailed or Margin-tailed Otter) conservation Retrieved 20th June 2010 from HYPERLINK "http://www.angelfire.com/mo2/animals1/carnivore/g iantotter.html"http://www.angelfire.com/mo2/animals 1/carnivore/giantotter.html Giant Otter, retrieved 19 June 2010 from HYPERLINK "http://www.earthsendangered.com/profile.asp? gr=M&view=c&ID=11&sp=311"http://www.earthsen dangered.com/profile.asp? gr=M&view=c&ID=11&sp=311 Giant otter, Conservation status, retrieved 19 June 2010 from HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Otter"http://en.wi kipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Otter
  • 7. Giant Otter, the "Water Dog, retrieved 19th June 2010 from HYPERLINK "http://www.iwokrama.org/forest/animals/giantotter. htm"http://www.iwokrama.org/forest/animals/giantott er.htm Shaw( fall 2000) giant otter body, retrieved 21 june 2010 from http://itech.pjc.edu/sctay/extra/giantotter.html Morgan.s(2006) atlas of endangered species London: new Burlington book van Damme, P., Wallace, R., Swaenepoel, K., Painter, L., Ten, S., Taber, A., Gonzalez Jimenes, R. Saravia, I., Fraser, A. and Vargas, J. (2002) Distribution and Population Status of the Giant Otter Pteronura brasiliensis in Bolivia. Retrieved june 27, 2010 from http://www.otterspecialistgroup.org/Bulletin/Volume 19/Van_Damme_et_al_2002.html