River Otter Falls Cam

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Because much of an otter’s life is scent-driven, you will frequently see the Aquarium’s otters playing a game of hide-and-smell. The animals will scent mark their favorite locations and Aquarium experts will occasionally introduce treats and new scents for the otters to discover.


North American River Otters are a conservation success story. (Watch retired TWRA biologist Steve Anderson share the history here.) Aside from being undeniably cute, river otters serve as a reminder of both human impact on wildlife and the power of our efforts to protect it. 

Learn more about some of our conservation stories in the making (below) and find out how you can take action to protect area wildlife.

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