North American River Otter

These unique animals can stay submerged for 3-4 minutes at a time and can swim for up to a quarter mile under water. Pups are born blind, toothless, and helpless.


  • Scientific Name: Lontra canadensis
  • Range: North America
  • Status in the Wild: Stable
  • Location in the Zoo: John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo
  • Cool Animal Fact: Abandoned beaver dams are their favorite places for resting and raising their young.