Giant Otter

Latin Name Pteroneura brasiliensis
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Mustelidae
IUCN status Endangered
Habitat Rainforests and wetlands of South America
Distribution Endemic to South America mainly the Brazilian Amazon and bordering areas.

General Information

A Giant Otter can eat up to 5 kg of fish per day but will also eat crabs, small mammals, snakes etc.

They live in family groups of 15 to 20 otters and are the most vocal of all the otters as they keep in contact with their group by constant chatter.

Habitat destruction and hunting for their fur are the major causes of their decline.

Fun Fact

They love to eat piranha fish in the Amazon - but are always very careful to eat the head first!!! Good Idea!

Keeper Notes

Our 3 Giant Otters are Panambi (female) and Manoki (male) and their daughter Meamu.

Katuma - Meamu’s brother is now enjoying the warm climate of Trinidad as part of the international breeding programme for Giant Otters. We hope along with his mate Suzie they will breed this coming year.