Daniel is a giant river otter pup. He had been poached and sold to a lodge, which intended to exhibit it in their private zoo for tourists. We found him in a sack, malnourished, dehydrated, and very shaken. He was rescued in August 2018.

Daniel, in his favorite position for napping.

Giant river otters are very social animals. In the wild, they live in groups, and have developed a language of sorts -- they are very vocal. Daniel is no exception, and he constantly "speaks" at his caretakers for attention, playtime, and food.

Feeding time.

RAREC has learned of other giant river otters currently in need of relocation to a wildlife center. We hope to build a facility for a future family of otters, so they can be released all at once -- it will not be possible to release Daniel by himself, since he is very unlikely to survive. This would be the immediate goal in our otter rehabilitation program.

Daniel, being his playful otter self, in the rehabilitation area.

With his charming ways, and vocal antics, Daniel has quickly become a favorite of our volunteers and our online followers.

Omer and Noah from Israel, and Raluca Ionescu from Romania, during an environmental enrichment session, teaching Daniel how to be confident at swimming.
Daniel getting familiar with his brand new habitat, which was built thanks to the support from RAREC volunteers.
Daniel, today.

Coming soon

Watch this space, or follow us on Facebook, for our upcoming DANIEL KEYCHAINS! Also, Daniel will soon be accepting sponsors!