Asian small clawed Otter

Otters are the only truly aquatic members of the weasel family.

Due to ongoing habitat loss, pollution and hunting in some areas, the Asian small clawed otter is evaluated as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Asian small-clawed otters are the smallest otters in the world and are classed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List.  Asian small-clawed otters are especially known for their distinct forepaws, as they will use their very sensitive forepaws to search and locate food.

Here at Hertfordshire Zoo, we have recently welcomed a pair of Asian small-clawed otters into our new habitat of Otter Rocks. Female Kei and male Bao. Kei was born on the 29th of April 2018 and arrived from Shepreth Wildlife Park in early 2023. Kei has settled very quickly into her new habitat here at Hertfordshire Zoo and is already very outgoing and playful. She is often seen playing with a pebble and showing her skills off to the public. 

Bao is younger than Kei and was born on the 16th of January 2021 and came from Edinburgh Zoo in March 2023. Like Kei, Bao has settled into his new habitat very quickly and can be found following closely to Kei’s lead. Despite their different personalities, Bao and Kei share a love of prawns, fish, and playing in their pools and can often be seen snuggled up together enjoying a daily nap.

Why not adopt our Otters?

For as little as £49 our adoption packs help you to play your part in supporting the conservation of our Otters. At Hertfordshire Zoo we work towards making sure that we are providing a safe habitat and supporting the future of these animals. By adopting one of our Otters you are not just helping one of our animals to thrive, but you’re helping our entire Otter family, so why not adopt today!

Key Facts

Mustelidae along with weasels and ferrets.
Crustaceans, fish, snails, amphibians, small mammals, birds.
Life Span:
approx 10-15 years in the wild - up to 20 years in captivity.
South Asia, near streams and mangroves.
Did you know?
Asian small clawed otters can hold their breath under water for around 6-8 minutes!




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