Outside Animals

North American river otter Lontra canadensis


The North American river otter lives in lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal shorelines, marshes and estuaries.

Diet in the wild

Fish, frogs, insects, crustaceans and small mammals

Diet at the Zoo

Fish, meat and carrots

Fascinating Facts

  • Members of the weasel family
  • Have waterproof fur that protects their skin and keeps it warm and dry
  • Can dive to a depth of 60 feet
  • Enjoy sliding down muddy hills, bouncing objects
    in their paws, playing tag and wrestling