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River Otter Awareness Weekend

July 9, 2022 @ 10:00 am - July 10, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

– July 9 / 10:00 am

Join us in celebrating and supporting otter conservation by coming out to the Zoo this weekend! Also, here is some great otter keeper content, activities, and more! Make sure to check out and follow our social channels!

For this weekend we will be raising money for one of our favorite conservation partners, River Otter Ecology Project. For every $5 donated to our fundraiser you will be entered to win either an otter-made painting or an exclusive ‘meet & greet’ opportunity where you will get a look behind-the-scenes of our otter habitat and with a chance to see one of our otters up close! This organization works to engage the public in supporting conservation and restoration by linking river otter recovery to the health of our watersheds through education, research, and community science. We encourage you to learn more about them and engage in some of the cool projects and things they have on their website!

Onsite Schedule Saturday:

10:30 am – Enrichment Experience + Keeper Chat

11:30 am – One of Dr. Delong’s student researchers, Jessica, will be giving a talk about the cognitive studies they do with otters

2:30 pm – Enrichment Experience

Onsite Schedule Sunday:

10:30 am – Enrichment Experience + Keeper Chat

2:30 pm – Enrichment Experience


Fun at Home:


Otter Art Project – Make yourself an otter hat! Outside of hatInside of hat

More Projects and Activities – Visit The River Otter Ecology Project to learn more and do some fun projects/activities here.

Learn more about all 13 species of otters found around the world!

Fun Facts Matching Game (with pictures!) on otters around the world.

Otter Painting

Otter ID, Enrichment & Conservation 

Dr. Caroline Delong: Visual Object Categorization in River Otters Study 2021

Assessment and Deployment of Genetic Tools for North American River Otters – Kelsey Lawton, Grad Student at RIT

“Deep in the Swamp” Read by General Curator at Seneca Park Zoo David Hamliton

Thank you to our Presenting Conservation Awareness Days Sponsor:



July 9, 2022 @ 10:00 am
July 10, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
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