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Habitat

The Asian short-clawed otter can be found in freshwater wetlands and mangrove swamps.

Wild Diet

Carnivores, eating fish, crabs, molluscs and snails. They may even prey on insects, snakes, lizards and some small species of rodent.

Behaviour

These otters are the smallest species of otter in the world, and they also spend more time on land than others. With excellent vision both above and below the water, these otters also have a strong tail which will act as a rudder to help them steer themselves through the water when swimming. Their waterproof fur, nimble short fingers, sensitive whiskers and webbed feet help them to find food in streams and paddy fields.

Breeding

Very few species of otter are social, but the Asian short-clawed otter form strong bonds, mating for life and both the male and female will help to raise the young. A litter of pups are born and are raised by the alpha male and female, with the help of juvenile otters in the group.

Threats

Habitat destruction, water pollution and over fishing has led to the rapid decline in numbers of wild short-clawed otters. They are now classed as a vulnerable species.

How do I adopt an otter

First choose the adoption package you wish to purchase and then make your animal selection.

Adoptions apply to the species rather than individual animals. This is because our animals may move to other zoos as part of breeding programmes.

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ADOPTION PACK - £30

  • An adopter's certificate
  • A fact sheet about your chosen animal ​
  • Your name on an adopter's plaque, located near your chosen animal
  • A thank you letter
  • A photograph of your chosen animal

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Adopt a ring tailed lemur

Junior adoption gift box - £54

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A soft toy of your chosen animal
  • One junior entrance ticket to Newquay Zoo
  • All packed in a presentation box

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Adopt a red panda

Adult adoption gift box - £59

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A Newquay Zoo travel mug
  • One adult entrance ticket to Newquay Zoo
  • All packed in a presentation box

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