Asian Small-Clawed Otter

This is the smallest species of otter, weighing less than 10 pounds. They can use their paws with human-like proficiency and hunt primarily with their paws.


  • Scientific Name: Aonyx cinerea
  • Range: Southern India to Malay Peninsula and southern China
  • Status in the Wild: Vulnerable
  • Location in the Zoo: Natural Encounters
  • Cool Animal Fact: These animals develop monogamous parings for life; males assist with nest-building before and food gathering after birth.