In December 2019, Ape Action Africa rescued Beni, a baby Congo clawless otter who we estimate to be around 4 or 5 months old. His mother had been killed for bushmeat and hunters were trying to sell the pup in the area around the sanctuary. Beni was very unsteady on his feet in the days after his rescue, but he appeared otherwise healthy and, with care from our staff, he has become a very active young otter!

Beni is our first ever otter rescue so our team has had to work very hard to look after him. As our management researched otter care, Beni’s caregivers were learning how to bottle-feed an otter and sourcing appropriate food, and our construction team was working on an enclosure for him. A volunteer who was preparing to join us in Cameroon packed her bags with milk powder bought in the USA and, after her arrival, she joined the rest of the volunteer team in carrying bucketloads of water to Beni’s enclosure so that he can swim. 

Thanks to the hard work of our staff and volunteers, Beni is thriving and has grown a lot. Now, we need your help. We need to extend his enclosure to provide him with more space, to build a larger pool for him and to give him some platforms to explore. We need to raise £250 to cover the costs. Please donate whatever you can to help us to provide the best care possible for this young pup. Every donation is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Please note: Congo clawless otters are categorised as ‘Near Threatened’ by the IUCN and their numbers are decreasing in the wild due to hunting for bushmeat and fur, habitat loss and overfishing. All otters are wild animals and should never be kept as pets.

Image © Ape Action Africa / Camille Roux

Video © Ape Action Africa / Tamara de Juana