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RIT Students Spread Otter Awareness

In the past few months I have been lucky enough to have a group of RIT students putting together material to spread otter awareness for their senior capstone project.  This past weekend the students presented their materials at Imagine RIT … Continue reading

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Otter Spotter Workshop

One of the main goals of Otter Spotter is to provide resources for teachers and zoo educators to use in their classrooms.  Lesson plans for multiple ages covering math, science, and even a little ELA are available in the Teacher Resources … Continue reading

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Protecting Otters in Rubondo National Park, Tanzania

Since 2007, otter researcher Jan Reed-Smith’s work with the East African Otter Project (EAOP) has concentrated on a little-known park located in the southwest corner of Lake Victoria.  Rich with elephants, giraffes, chimps, hippos, crocodiles, and otters-Rubondo National Park is one … Continue reading

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Otterly Fun

Otters are playful animals that are fun to watch and incredibly cute!  This makes them a favorite in Zoos across the country and in the classroom!  At Otter Spotter we provide materials to be used at the Zoo, in the … Continue reading

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Teaching Local Biologists in Asia to Track Otters

A Zoology professor at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, Dr. Padma de Silva has served as the chairperson of the IUCN Otter Specialist Group and currently serves as the Asian Coordinator for this group.  From Nepal to Thailand, … Continue reading

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Otters in Training

This past week I was lucky enough to get a private photo shoot with two of the Seneca Park Zoo otters while they were having a training session with their ZooKeeper, Catina. These training sessions are very important to keep the animals … Continue reading

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River Otter Genetics in Monroe County, NY

The Use of Molecular Scatology to Study River Otter (Lontra canadensis) Genetics: A Thesis by Barbara McElwee As we have learned in the Otter Research and Conservation section, North American river otters were extirpated throughout all of Western New York due to habitat loss, … Continue reading

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