Our Newest Addition is OTTER-ly adorable!

We are exploding with excitement to announce the newest addition to the Children’s Zoo: TNT, the North American river otter! We have been introducing him to Bootie, the river otter that currently lives here. On the morning of June 8th, the two went on exhibit together for the first time! Visit us on Facebook to see their adorable video.

North American river otters are highly territorial mammals. Until just a few months ago, the Children’s Zoo was home to two female river otters, Bootie and Mika. Unfortunately, the two never became friends. Mika passed away this last winter as the oldest living North American river otter in a facility accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Unable to survive in the wild, Bootie found a home at the Children’s Zoo, where she is an ambassador for her species. Having been born in the wild, Bootie is a great candidate for breeding in the North American river otter Species Survival Plan (SSP), a global AZA sponsored program that works toward saving animals from extinction. With the new available space, and a recommendation from AZA to breed, it was decided that a young male should join her. The Brookgreen Gardens, located in South Carolina, offered to loan TNT to us, hoping the two would produce healthy babies called pups. A natural aquatic acrobat, make plans to see TNT’s silly water antics this summer!

Click here to watch a video of Bootie and TNT going on exhibit for the first time together!