Meet our sunshine-loving otters

The otters at Jersey Zoo live in their valley home in the beautiful zoo grounds. They spend their days swimming in the natural pool and waterfall, and resting on the banks in the sun.

When not eating, the otters show off their flexibility and agility in the water; twisting, turning and diving.

They like to follow up this aquatic activity with a siesta either in the sunshine or under their heat lamp, either way they are always curled up together, heads resting on each other’s back and looking extremely cosy.

Asian Small Clawed Otter at Jersey Zoo
Animal Facts

Key facts about the Asian small-clawed otter

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I'm found in Asia

These otters can be found in many parts of Asia, from northeast India all the way to southern Indonesia.

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My favourite food is crustaceans

Otters cleverly leave them in the sun so the shell cracks and they can get at the meat.

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Otters mate for life

Male and female otters pair for life with breeding occurring throughout the year.


Average weight


Different vocalisations

20 years

Life expectancy in captivity

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A threatening future in the wild

There are no official figures on how many Asian small-clawed otters are left in the wild, but they are classified as vulnerable due to a number of threats, including habitat destruction, trapping for their fur, draining of wetland areas for construction, and hunting when they're found in fish or shellfish farms.

Two Asian Small Clawed Otters embracing in a stream

A breeding programme safeguards the otter's future

The otters at Jersey Zoo are part of a European captive breeding programme, ensuring there is a diverse gene pool should they need to be reintroduced to the wild.

Our otter family also helps our expert team to develop successful husbandry techniques, which will inform how this species is looked after in captivity for years to come.

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