Asian short clawed otter

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Common Name:
Asian short clawed otter
Scientific Name:
Aonyx cinerea
Size: Up to 95cm (length)
Weight: 1 - 5 kg
Native to Asia
Rivers and Lakes

Conservation Status


Blackpool Zoo’s Asian short-clawed otters are very popular with the visitors as they are particularly vocal, especially at feeding time. Once again, habitat destruction has played a big part in the reduction of numbers of this species in their native Asia, leaving them classed as “vulnerable”. Pesticides on farmland and in rivers and illegal hunting for fur also destroy large numbers of otters.

This species mates for life, but resides happily in a group of about twelve individuals. The females are capable of giving birth to up to seven young twice a year during their 10 year lifespan in the wild, or up to 20 years in captivity. In the Zoo, they are fed on protein pellets, chicken, fish, mice and small amounts of fruit and vegetables.

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