Asian Short-Clawed Otters

Come and meet our Otter pair, Apricot and Harris. Watch them take part in target training with the animal care team and hunt around their enclosure for food as part of their enrichment. 

The Asian Short-Clawed Otter lives in the mangrove swamps and freshwater wetlands of Bangladesh, Burma, India, southern China, Taiwan, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. This often includes rice paddies and river systems.

They are social animals and live in extended family groups, choosing to reside in burrows dug into muddy banks. Only the dominant pair will breed, whilst their offspring and older cubs will help to raise new litters. They are playful and will spend much of the day on land playing, grooming, resting and sleeping.