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You Otter Know These Critters are Arriving Soon!

It won't be long before playful otters are prancing around in their new Jungle Reef exhibit! We thought you would appreciate a sneak peek of these adorable aquatic mammals before they ship out to their new home in West El Paso.


Five Facts About River Otters

  1. River otters can stay underwater for as many as eight minutes, swim up to seven miles per hour, and dive down 60 feet.

  2. On land a river otter can run at speeds of up to 15 miles an hour — but they can slide even faster.

  3. River otters love to eat fish, frogs, turtles, crayfish, insects, and occasionally birds and small mammals.

  4. River Otters are playful creatures that can thrive on both land and in water, often socializing in small groups.

  5. River otters typically live to the age of 12 years, grow to three or four feet, and weigh 20 to 25 pounds on average.

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