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Otters are built for life in the water. They can close their ears and nostrils when underwater, and have great webbed feet and a strong tails for swimming fast.

You may see these animals rolling or rubbing against grass and rocks. This is one way they groom their fur.

These otters do not have much fat on their bodies, so they need their thick fur to keep them dry and warm in the water.

At Reid Park Zoo:

Keepers give the otters a variety of treats to keep them active and healthy. Little fish frozen in balls of ice, zucchini slices, and live fish to chase after are some of their favorites.23384607554_dbe50e73c2_k


Species Name:
African Spotted-Necked Otters
Scientific Name:
Lutra maculicollis
Our Animal's Name(s):
Pfeiffer (female), Hasani (male)
Proud Parents:
Abby Meger
Claire DesChamps
Jason Neild
Joseph Nix
Lucy Suffecool
Eric & Heidi Kahn
Jonah Walton
Roger Conley
Alaura Snider
Linda & Tim Rodriguez
David Graham
Harriette Pollard
Malinda Briggs
Paula Palma
Wendi Meador
Cheryl Comerci
Cynthia Thompson
Debby Champe
Lisa Smith