World Otter Day 2023: Cutest pictures from this year’s celebration

World Otter Day is celebrated annually on May 31  (Image by Sascha Zyballa from Pixabay )
World Otter Day is celebrated annually on May 31 (Image by Sascha Zyballa from Pixabay )

Every year on World Otter Day, animal lovers celebrate playful and furry otters across the globe.

Communities and organisations relish the opportunity to educate people about the creatures and fundraise for related worthy causes.

The International Otter Survival Fund also gives impactful individuals £100 World Otter Day grants.

So, what is World Otter Day, when is it, and what are some of the other days dedicated to cute animals?

Here are some of the key details around this awareness day.

What is World Otter Day, and when is it celebrated?

World Otter Day aims to raise awareness about otters and promote their conservation.

It is held annually on the last Wednesday in May (May 31 this year) and involves events and talks focusing on otters’ importance in our ecosystem and the threats they face.

World Otter Day was created by the International Otter Survival Fund. It is organised by various conservation organisations, zoos, and otter advocacy groups worldwide.

Activities and events typically include educational programmes, community outreach, social media campaigns, art competitions, fundraising initiatives, and field trips to observe otters in their natural habitats or in captive settings.

As our impact on our planet continues to damage our seas and natural environments, otters are struggling to cope with the consequences of oil spills and water pollution. They can also become entangled in fishing gear and be injured by boats.

There is also the issue of hunting. While there are several laws that try to limit the hunting of otters, they still fall victim to hunters who want their fur.

People also share their favourite otter photos or fun facts on social media on World Otter Day.

What are some other cute animal celebration days?

  • January 5: National Bird Day

  • January 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day

  • January 20: Penguin Awareness Day

  • January 21: Squirrel Appreciation Day

  • February 2: Groundhog Day

  • February 20: National Love Your Pet Day

  • February 22: National Wildlife Day

  • February 27: National Polar Bear Day

  • March 1: National Pig Day

  • March 23: National Puppy Day

  • March 23: Cuddly Kitten Day

  • April 30: National Pet Parents Day

  • April 30: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

  • May 23: World Turtle Day

  • June 15: National Lobster Day

  • July 9: Cow Appreciation Day

  • July 16: Guinea Pig Awareness Day

  • September 22: Elephant Appreciation Day

  • September 25: International Rabbit Day

  • October 4: World Animal Day

  • December 15: Monkey Day