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Showcasing Phase 1


The Emperor Valley Zoo opened the newly constructed Phase 1 Exhibit on Wednesday 25th May 2011.



Giant Otter Exhibit

 (Pteronura brasiliensis)








Our Giant Otter featured in this exhibit has been a Zoo resident for the past 8 years. She is very active and her loud vocalizations can be heard as one enters the zoo’s environment.

Giant Otters are the largest of the 13 existing otter species. This otter is end angered throughout its range which includes the rainforests and wetlands of South America. They inhabit freshwater rivers, lakes and

creeks and are active during the day. Giant otters are carnivorous mammals whose diet consists of mainly fish.

This new exhibit, described by international zookeepers as one of the best in the world for giant otters  is designed for display purposes and also as a breeding facility. Young otters bred in this facility can be made available to other zoos thereby reducing the pressure on wild populations. 










Neotropical River Otter Exhibit

(Lontra longicaudis)

This exhibit highlights the indigenous species of otter, which is endangered locally. Our otter was recently donated by a benefactor and has adapted well to its new home.Neotropical river otters inhabit streams, swamps, and lagoons and are known to excavate a burrow on land near a permanent fresh water source. They are around 1.2 – 1.5 m long and usually weigh 7 – 15 kg. These otters have no fixed breeding season, and the young pups or whelps are born fully furred, with their eyes closed. They are solitary and are active during the day.

Their diet consists mainly of fish, crustaceans, and molluscs, but they are opportunistic feeders, and will also feed on insects, small reptiles, birds, and small mammals.


This species shows sexual dimorphism with the male being 20-25 % larger than the female.