Are you searching for that one of a kind experience?
The Otter Lover's Package is what you've been looking for! This exclusive opportunity for up to 6 guests includes: a one hour behind the scenes tour with one of our Estuarine Biology staff scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time/date; watching otters feast on their breakfast while practicing their art skills; and an authentic otter artwork original in colors of your choosing! This package is being offered on a first come-first served basis at a cost of $250 ($125 of which is tax deductible). Contact David Moyer, Curator of Estuarine Biology, for more details: (410) 326-2042 ext. 33; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Located outside at the head of the Marsh Walk, the River Otter habitat is sure to please. Watch the otters frolic with each other or engage in playing with their favorite enrichment item. You may find them diving into the 8,000 gallon freshwater pool or taking an afternoon nap beneath their favorite hollowed out log. River otters are well suited for life in and around the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, though often go unnoticed. In the wild, they tend to be more active during the dusk and dawn hours, their dark fur blending seamlessly into the background. During the day, river otters are often sleeping in their den or mud-bank cave. Healthy otters will generally avoid humans. In nature, otters are atop the food web with few predators. They will eat most anything including fish, insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans and even other mammals. "Bubbles" and "Squeaks" do not have to bother with hunting as all of their food is provided for them. Fish, shrimp, hard-boiled eggs, carrots and various fruits round out their main diet.
Come before 4:00 p.m. to view the otters outside. Afterwards, they are brought into their holding area and can be seen through the window at the end of the Eco-Invaders exhibit. During warmer months, the river otters are given free access to the backup area allowing them to choose whether to come in or stay outside.
CLICK HERE to see video of Bubbles and Squeak enjoying the snow!