World Otter Day 2020

May 27, 2020

Happy World Otter Day! Amid the hustle and bustle that goes along with building a new aquarium, the animal care staff at Mississippi Aquarium is taking time today to celebrate these fun, playful, aquatic mammals! Many Mississippians aren’t aware, but there are otters right here in our state.  There are thirteen species of otters found all over the world, but only one species is found in the United States- the North American river otter.

North American river otters…

·     are found in fresh water habitats like lakes, ponds, marshes, and rivers.

·     have very dense fur which helps keep them warm while swimming in colder waters.

·     are opportunistic feeders, and will eat fish, crayfish, birds, and reptiles.

·     live to be about eight or nine years old in the wild, but can live to be in their twenties in human care.

While North American river otters may not be endangered, their wild populations are still at risk due to habitat destruction. As more people begin to occupy the spaces that these animals are typically found, the animals are left with smaller and smaller territories in which to live.  

Happy World Otter Day from everyone at Mississippi Aquarium! We are so excited to be able to soon feature these spunky animals on exhibit aspart of our animal collection. Upon opening, be sure to check them out!  

About the Author:

Jeanette Gramm is a biologist at Mississippi Aquarium. She takes part in the daily care and training of North American river otters and African penguins.

Happy World Otter Day! Amid the hustle and bustle that goes along with building a new aquarium, the animal care staff at Mississippi Aquarium is taking time today to celebrate these fun, playful, aquatic mammals! Many Mississippians aren’t aware, but there are otters right here in our state. There are thirteen species of otters found all over the world, but only one species is found in the United States- the North American river otter.

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