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
Mammals
Carnivores
Native to Asia
Rivers and Lakes

Conservation Status

Vulnerable

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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The health of our zoo family, which includes our visitors, staff and animals, is our top priority. In light of the most recent advice from Public Health England and the government, we have closed Blackpool Zoo at until further notice.

Please be assured that our dedicated keeper team will continue to provide the best care for our animals during the closure.

If you’ve booked tickets for any day during this closure, you can exchange them for any other date in 2020 or we can provide a refund. Please send your booking details to tickets@blackpoolzoo.org.uk.

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We really look forward to welcoming you back to Blackpool Zoo when we re-open.

Stay safe everyone.