North/ American River Otter

North/ American River Otter

River otters are excellent swimmers and divers and are usually found no more than 10 yards from water. They can remain underwater for six to eight minutes.

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1 USS Antiquities Discover the diversity of life from its earliest beginnings to the present. Learn how fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals have changed over time.
2 Diversity of Birds The earth needs a variety of plants and animals to remain healthy. Explore biodiversity by discovering dozens of species of birds in our free-flight aviary.
3 Adaptation of Animals Animals have developed many wonderful adaptations to survive.  Learn about some of them here!
4 Social Animals  Like people, many animals live in families for protection and to raise their young. Visit our families of lions, meerkats, monkeys and apes.
5 Bird Show  During the summer months, experience "In the Wings," which features several different bird species.
6 Waterfowl View the many species of aquatic birds that live together in our pond communities.
7 Wildlife Trail Discover how people and wildlife need the same resources to survive. Walk the half-mile trail through the Zoo's natural habitats.
8 Domestic Animals Meet the animals that have helped humankind for hundreds of years.  Don't forget to say hello to Emma, our barn dog, while you're visiting!
9 Classrooms Zoo Camp, Overnights and EdZOOcation programming are held year 'round in the classrooms at the Zoo.
10 Banquet Rooms The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is pleased to offer a full range of contemporary catering services.  Click here for more information.