Smooth-coated otters (Lutrogale perspicillata)
Distribution: Southern and Southeast Asia, India, and China
Status: Vulnerable and listed on Appendix II of CITES.
Otter Creek, was opened in August 2011 and houses our group of smooth-coated otters in a spacious and exciting home.
There are only six collections in Europe to house this species and it is hoped that they will become part of a breeding programme around Europe, so that we can ensure there is a healthy population in captivity.
In the wild, otter numbers are declining due to hunting for their fur and habitat loss due to drainage of wetlands.
Action for the Wild also 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!