Mai Po and the Inner Deep Bay Wetlands are home to the Eurasian otter, arguably the rarest local mammal. A recent study only found seven otters in Hong Kong, suggesting that only a tiny population is left.
Sadly, otters are threatened worldwide; historically, they have been hunted for their fur, used to produce medicine, eradicated as aquaculture pests, and are badly affected by habitat loss and pollution, since otters need healthy aquatic ecosystems to survive. Hong Kong’s otter population has undergone a dramatic decline and today, Mai Po and the surrounding wetlands are the last refuge for the local Eurasian otter.
Precious Eurasian otter video taken in Mai Po
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