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American Beaver: here’s the scoop


Following overexploitation for the fur trade, protection and re-introduction programs have re-established the American beaver throughout its historical range. Now abundant, beavers are still hunted and trapped for pelts. Many beavers are killed in areas where tree felling and dam building are in discordance with human development. They are also highly sensitive to tularemia, an infectious disease. 

Insider Info

Chestnut, Hazelnut, and Walnut were born here at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in July of 2012 to first time parents, Acorn and Butternut. Zoo staff have formed a close bond with the beavers and even take them out on zoo grounds for meet and greets with our visitors. 


American Beaver

Scientific name

Castor canadensis


Areas near lakes, ponds, and streams with access to suitable food and building resources. Beavers are known for their ability to modify an environment through the construction of dams, which often causes flooding of the surrounding areas.


Herbivorous. Feeding primarily on leaves, woody stems and aquatic plants.

life expectancy

15 – 20 years

Did you know?

Beavers are the largest rodent in North America. Their teeth, which are orange due to their protective coating, grow continuously throughout its lifetime.


Canada, United States and Mexico

The purple on the map represents an area where American beavers live due to being introduced into that region


Conservation status

Least Concern

Widespread and abundant