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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However, we are not allowed to open indoor areas (until 17th May): the indoor eating area of the cafe is closed, as are the indoor viewing area of animal houses including elephants, big cats, giraffes, small primates, gorillas and orangutans. These animals all have access to their outdoor enclosures, however they may take themselves inside during inclement weather.  Lemur Wood and Rainbow Landings remain closed.

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