Suriname is one of the last refuges for the giant otter, of which there are estimated to be only 5,000 more worldwide. Unfortunately for the giant otter, the bottom of Suriname is full of gold. Today, the survival of the species is under severe threat from legal and illegal gold mining. The mercury used to melt gold is extremely poisonous. It ends up in large quantities in waterways and rivers. Ecosystems on land and in water are thus contaminated. The poisonous metal accumulates in the flesh of the fish that the giant otter eats on a daily basis.
Recently, the male of our otter pair has sadly passed away. He reached the respectable age of 14 years. This has made him one of the oldest otters in the world.