Smooth Coated Otter
Otters are semi-aquatic animals eating fish, frogs, crayfish, small birds and mammals. These are the largest family living species of otters in the world, with some families of 25 members recorded in the wild!
The vocal calls of Smooth Coated Otters are very distinctive as a species from pipping whistles to squeaks resembling high pitched bird calls!
In the wild they can live up to 8 years but in captivity some have survived to 20 years.
Concerted efforts are important for the conservation of this declining species as their habitat range is fragmented by degradation and water pollution.
This species of otter often have an underwater tunnel entrance to their 'holt' which is unusual for an otter.
Our family 'romp' of Smooth Coated Otters are: Dad, Song, born at Colchester Zoo in 2012 and Mum, Soriah, born at Wingham Wildlife Park, in 2014. They produced their first litter of cubs on 1st June 2018. Twins are called, Anupa, male and Ananda, female living with their parents in the brand new otter enclosure which has been built in the Deer Encounter! They are delighting visitors with their cheeky, mischievous antics as they play fight and run around playing chase!