Feb 1

We asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and write a profile on why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight. Each nominee has its own profile on the Arkive blog with information on the species, who nominated them and why they are so special – click the ‘unloved species’ tag above to see all of the nominations and their blogs.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite species to help get them into the top ten and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (7:59 GMT).

Name of species: Otter civet

Nominated by: Society for the Preservation of Endangered Carnivores & their International Ecological Study (S.P.E.C.I.E.S.)

Conservation status: Endangered

Why S.P.E.C.I.E.S. love the otter civet: It is a very unique carnivore, and too little is known about its habits other than it is very rare.

Threats to the otter civet’s survival: Unknown. Probably conversion of forest habitat and broader impacts on tropical watersheds from development activities.

Information on S.P.E.C.I.E.S.’s work with the otter civet: We have conducted numerous surveys in Borneo in cooperation with partners over the years and have yet to record this species. We are still looking for the ideal place to focus on them.

Find out more about other civet species on Arkive