Singapore is role model for how otters and people can co-exist: International expert

An otter from the Bishan family with its catch in the waters near Marina Bay on April 6, 2018.
An otter from the Bishan family with its catch in the waters near Marina Bay on April 6, 2018.ST PHOTO: TOH TING WEI
 A family of otters near Pasir Ris Park in this photo taken on June 5, 2018.
A family of otters near Pasir Ris Park in this photo taken on June 5, 2018.ST PHOTO: TOH TING WEI
An otter feeding on its catch in the water near Pasir Ris Park on June 5, 2018.
An otter feeding on its catch in the water near Pasir Ris Park on June 5, 2018.ST PHOTO: TOH TING WEI
Nicole Duplaix, who has studied otters for more than 40 years, said Singapore is a role model for other countries in terms of showing how otters and humans can live together.
Nicole Duplaix, who has studied otters for more than 40 years, said Singapore is a role model for other countries in terms of showing how otters and humans can live together.ST PHOTO: TOH TING WEI
Otters in most other environments are nocturnal. But the fact that the otters in Singapore are active in the day indicates that the otters have grown to trust people here.
Otters in most other environments are nocturnal. But the fact that the otters in Singapore are active in the day indicates that the otters have grown to trust people here.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Singapore might be known for its economic progress and urban development. But the Republic has another accolade that might surprise some - it is a role model for the world on how otters can co-exist with people.

This is according to a top international otter expert, Dr Nicole Duplaix, who is chairman and founder of the Otter Specialist Group.

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