River Otter

Side view of a River Otter at the Audubon Zoo.

Animal’s Behavior
River otters (Lontra canandensis) are active and entertaining, known for gregarious sociability within their family groups.

Eating Habits
River otters eat fish, crawfish, frogs, and snakes in the wild.

River otters live in rivers and ponds throughout North America.

Conservation Efforts
After some concern about population decline in the 1970s, reintroduction programs began in an effort to stabilize the population. River otters are listed as a species of least concern, although habitat destruction, pollution, and other factors continue to imperil the species.

Animal Facts
River otters are part of the weasel family. In some parts of the world, otters have been trained to catch fish for fishermen.