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Newly renovated habitat for otters at the Detroit Zoo includes expansion

Posted at 10:24 AM, Jul 21, 2017

The North American river otters at the Detroit Zoo now have a much bigger home! 

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The otter habitat has been renovated thanks to a gift from the Edward Mardigian Family Foundation. The habitat has tripled in size from 680 to 2,500 square feet.

It has both indoor and outdoor environments. The renovation includes a waterfall and waterslide.

“It’s important that we provide animals with habitats that are naturalistic and expansive and that ensure they are thriving and not just surviving,” said Scott Carter, Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) chief life sciences officer. “The otters have more room to roam – and swim – and visitors have more viewing options.”

The Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat is home to 3-year-old Sparky and his parents 11-year-old Lucius and 14-year-old Whisker and 16-year-old female, Storm.