European otter


European otter (Lutra lutra)

Meal á la card

The menu of the otters in our zoo varies. There are fish, liver,  mice or chicken, heart or rumen. The food of their free-living conspecifics looks different. In addition to fish they also hunt craps, amphibians and small animals. Wild ducks or herons are also a feast for them just like for the zoo otters who share their large enclosure with them. They sometimes catch such a bird themselves and then they do not wnat to know anything about the food of the zoo keepers.


Category: Mammal

Size: head barrel trunk 55-95 cm; tail 30-55 cm

Age: 22 years

Sexually mature: with 2-3 years

gestation period: 60-63 days

food: fish, crayfish, mussels, amphibians, small birds and mammals

habitat: at rivers, ponds, lakes, sea coasts

Danger: potentially at risk

Breeding program: There is a European Conservation Breeding Programme (EEP) in which Görlitz Nature Conservation Zoo participates.

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