North American River Otter
Otters are semi-aquatic animals eating fish, frogs, crayfish, small birds and mammals. In the water they have few natural predators such as alligators, crocodiles and killer whales and polar bears.
On land they are more vulnerable to lynx, cougars, wolves etc.
In the wild they can live up to 13 years but in captivity some have survived to 25 years.
NARO are diurnal and once fed they will spend the day resting or charging round the enclosure diving in and out of the water.
In the 1980’s this otter was rare or extinct in 26 of the 50 states of North America. Today, thanks to conservation efforts by zoos and wildlife rehabilitation centres, the number is now just 15 states and the work continues.
Our 2 residents are Canuk who was born in 1999 at The New Forest Wildlife Park and Scotia who came to us from Bristol Zoo. Despite much action they have never bred.
Canuk is quite the comic and is known swim around with a crab on his head showing off to our visitors!!!