Otters on the EdgE
Meet Our Growing Family!
For the second time in less than a year, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (NCAFF) staff are celebrating the arrival of a trio of Asian small-clawed otter pups, born Tuesday, Jan. 31. The pups are growing and bonding with parents, Leia and Quincy, and siblings Stella, Mae, and Selene, behind the scenes at the NCAFF Otters on the Edge habitat.
Leia’s second delivery of triplets represents continued success in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan®(SSP) Program. The 4-year-old is among 13 breeding female otters in the AZA SSP Program in the United States. Asian small-clawed otters are a vulnerable species in their native habitats of Indonesia, southern China, southern India, Southeast Asia, and the Philippines.
Asta & Ray
Otter fans continue to delight in our mother-son duo, Asta and Ray. Asta is 14 years old and Ray is 4. They are in the habitat daily from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. They go behind-the-scenes for dinner. Please note, there may be additional unscheduled times when the animals are off the habitat.