Ask Hermione Granger about otters: her Patronus is one! Otters are intelligent, playful, extremely cute - and under constant threat. Goa has three otter species, a fact that amazes even most locals, and Chorao island’s mangrove forests and adjacent farmland have a large number of them. Wild Otters, an outfit studying otter behaviour, organises easy walks during which you can learn about otters and other wildlife, help check the camera-traps and look for the elusive mammals themselves. It’s a great way to get your kids interested in science: our five-year-old went bonkers, looking for otter poop, picking up owl pellets and asking a thousand questions!"

Last updated: Tuesday, Aug 30, 2022