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Giant otter from the New Forest heading off to the Caribbean
2:30pm Tuesday 24th July 2012 in News
A GIANT Otter is being sent away from the New Forest to mate with a female and do his bit for conservation.
Akuri, who lives at New Forest Wildlife Park, is heading to Trinidad in the West Indies to breed with a selected female, who was rescued from illegal traders.
Conservationists hope the pair will breed and their young will become some of the first captive-bred otters to be introduced into their native South America.
Akuri and his brother Simuni, both one year and ten months old, were born at the Chestnut Centre in the Derbyshire High Peaks.
Giant otters are listed on the IUCN Red List for endangered species, with only 1,000 to 5,000 remaining in the wild.