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Shared by : Sara Fonseca (Brazil)
Habitat : South America
Status : Vulnerable (VU)
Giant Otters are social animals that live in monogamic groups. An individual reach maturity from two years of life, with females breeding until about reaching 11 years old and males breeding up to 15 years old.
The species was found in the Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazilian Cerrado, Pantanal and Amazon rainforest, but suffered an enormous populational loss because of hunting. Nowadays there are isolated registers in Cerrado and in the Atlantic Rain Forest, in the Brazilian state of Paraná. However, viable populations are restricted to Amazon Rainforest and Pantanal.
These areas will be directly affected by destruction and fragmentation of natural areas and for the construction of small and big hydroelectric in great quantity, which will lead to habitat loss and possible change in its main food.

Resource :
fishes. Conflict with fishermen are also a cause of populational loss.

Source :
http://www.icmbio.gov.br/portal/faunabrasileira/lista-de-especies/6140-especie-6140

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