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Otters were once widespread among aquatic habitats throughout most of the continent. Unregulated trapping, degradation of aquatic habitats, pollution, residential and commercial development, dams, and water management use have all played a role in their decline. Over 4,000 otters have been reintroduced among 21 states and improvements in natural resource management techniques have allowed their populations to increase and remain stable.

Committed to Conservation

The Buttonwood Park Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (link to AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) for North American river otters. The goal of the SSP is to cooperatively manage animal populations within AZA accredited zoos to ensure the sustainability of a healthy and genetically diverse population while enhancing the conservation of this species in the wild.


Panamanian Golden Frog

Scientific name

Atelopus zeteki


Terrestrial, freshwater, inland wetlands, intertidal and coastal marine


Mainly aquatic organisms, such as fish, turtles, crayfish, crabs, and other aquatic invertebrates.


8-9 years

Did you know?

River Otters can see just as well underwater as they can above water! They also like to “toboggan” down snowy slopes by sliding on their bellies.


Central America, from Costa Rica to Mexico and in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, and north into southwestern Ontario, Canada

Conservation status

Least Concern

Widespread and abundant