Georgia Aquarium

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Inspiring awareness & preservation of ocean and aquatic animals worldwide

Georgia Aquarium, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that contains more than 11 million gallons of water. Georgia Aquarium is a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. As a leader in aquatic research and exceptional animal care, we are dedicated to fostering a deeper appreciation for our ocean and the animals that call it home.

Alongside other accredited facilities, our team conducts crucial research by working with animals both in human care and in their natural habitats to improve husbandry methods, develop innovative and exciting new exhibits, contribute to the understanding of the underwater world and apply new discoveries to the conservation of aquatic life. Every day, researchers in the Aquarium’s exhibits and labs are learning more about marine life in order to develop new methods of animal care and veterinary medicine. By combining field research with the study of on-site animals in a controlled environment, the Aquarium is contributing to the advancement of human knowledge in the area of animal science.

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Roger Williams Park Zoo

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Here at Roger Williams Park Zoo, we are home to giant otters, Romo and Fernando. These endangered animals teach and inspire visitors of the importance of conserving our rainforests.

Giant Otter Fun Facts:
    • Our otters get 4lbs of trout, tilapia, capelin, and smelt a day. 
    • The giant otter has a fun nickname:  the river wolf. Due to their large size (5-6 ft & up to 100 lbs) and swimming speed they compete successfully for fish with jaguars and black caimans! They are also the largest of the otter species.
    • There are 13 species of otter around the world, with the endangered giant otter being the rarest. These highly intelligent otters are endangered due to habitat loss, water contamination and hunting.

Giant OttersRoger Williams Park Zoo supports Save the Giants – a nonprofit, community driven conservation organization dedicated to preserving Guyana’s wildlife via a multi-disciplinary approach with their focal species being the critically endangered giant otter. Using camera “traps” – an efficient and minimally invasive way to capture critical data – they can capture images of cubs, identify the sex of otters and track activity patterns.

Roger Williams Park Zoo is also home to five North American river otters.

River OttersNorth American River Otter Fun Facts:
    • North American river otters are excellent swimmers, reaching up to 7 mph and staying underwater for up to 8 minutes! They are also fast on land, capable of running at up to 29 km/hr. 
    • The North American river otter is built for swimming! They have water repellent fur, webbed feet and nostrils and ears that close under water! They can also hold their breath for up to 8 minutes.
    • River otters are an indicator species and play an important ecological role in their habitat. When pollutants enter their habitat, river otters are the first to show signs of the existence of contaminants. Likewise, a strong and active river otter population is an indicator of a healthy habitat!

RWPZoo’s adorable otter pups are growing up fast and have already become swimming aficionados. These energetic quadruplets are now keeping up with mom Mishi in their outdoor pool.

World Otter Day is celebrated on the last Wednesday of May each year. Otters are found on every continent except Australia & Antarctica. Currently, there are 13 species of otters in the world, and all of them are listed in the IUCN Red List, which means they are seeing a population decline in different degrees.