We're delighted to have a strong population of strange-tailed tyrants at the reserve. So much so that we've adopted these beautiful and endangered birds as the symbol of the Trust
Neotropical River Otter
The Neotropical River Otter is a bit of an unknown. It is classed as 'Data Deficient' in the IUCN redlist and Endangered in CITES Appendix 1 and these rare mammals are not often seen.
We have them at Reserva Don Luis even though we do not have a river running through our land. We do however have plenty of fish and molluscs in our ponds and lagunas so presumably this is suitable habitat for them.
Like all members of the family Mustelidae, it has a long body and short legs. The hind legs are in fact longer than the front ones to enable them to swim faster. They can weigh between 5-15 kg and have a length of appx. 90-120 cm, the male being larger and heavier.
They live on fish and mulluscs but are also opportunist hunters and will eat small mammals and birds if they are able.
The photograph is of a juvenile and was taken at El Puma Wildlife Refuge Centre in Posadas.