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Otter Creek houses our group of smooth-coated otters in a spacious and exciting home. Their enclosure includes a large pool area, a large natural wetland area, as well as a heated rock for those chilly days.

There are only eight collections in Europe to house this species, with Colchester Zoo home to the biggest collection of smooth-coated otters.

Smooth-coated otters are social animals and hunt in groups, forming a V-formation when hunting for fish in the wild. They can communicate through a number of vocalisations including whistles, chirps and wails.

Unfortunately, otter numbers in the wild are declining and this is due to being hunted for their fur and habitat loss to the drainage. Action for the

Colchester Zoo’s charity Action for the Wild supports the project, which rescued our adult otters from the trafficing trade, The Phnom Tamao Wildlife Centre in Cambodia.

Learn more about our otters at the daily otter encounter during your next visit!


Animals in Otter Creek

Chilean Flamingos (Phoenicopterus Chilensis)
Birds

Chilean Flamingos (Phoenicopterus Chilensis)

Otter Creek

Area:
South America
Status:
Near Threatened
Quick Fact:

Flamingos have bristtle-like tongues to filter water and food.

Their pink feathers come from the pigments in their diet.

Smooth-coated otters (Lutrogale perspicillata)
Mammals

Smooth-coated otters (Lutrogale perspicillata)

Otter Creek

Area:
Southern and Southeast Asia, India, and China
Status:
Vulnerable and listed on Appendix II of CITES
Encounter:
14:30
Quick Fact:

Smooth coated otters love being in water and use all four paws to ‘doggy paddle’

 


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