Extremely social with a vocabulary of over a dozen calls, there will never be a shortage of excited chatter going on at the Otter Banks. Watch as they wrestle, play, and demonstrate lively underwater acrobatics. Keep an eye out for siblings Gizmo, Peanut, and Pepper, who will occasionally be seen walking throughout the property with our Animal Care Specialists.

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Notable species

Asian Small-Clawed Otters

Asian Small Clawed Otters

(Aonyx cinereus)

Asian small-clawed otters are the smallest of the 13 otter species.


Invertebrates such as crabs, mollusks, and snails, as well as small fish, amphibians, insects, birds, snakes, and rodents


2 to 3 feet in length from nose to tail and approximately 10 pounds


Unlike most other otters, spend most of their time on land. Freshwater wetland systems such as swamps, rivers, and mangroves. Prefer pond areas, rice fields, and rivers with low vegetation where nesting burrows are dug into the muddy banks


Southeast Asia, including areas of India, Indonesian islands, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, and the Philippines