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OTTERS

ON A

MISSION

Now open: clayton otter creek
Come see this adorable extension to the ARC Campus—accessible to all! Featuring a pristine new floor-to-ceiling viewing wall for easy roll-up visibility. Get your pass today and join the task force on the mission of a lifetime!
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Otter named ClaytonPascal the OtterReed the Otter
Meet the Task Force
Clayton
> Status: Adorable
> Location: CLAYTON OTTER CREEK
Clayton (estimated at 9 months old) was found injured on the side of a road in Oregon. He was rehabbed at Oregon Zoo and was too imprinted on humans to be released back into the wild after his recovery.
Meet the Task Force
Pascal
> Status: mischievous
> Location: CLAYTON OTTER CREEK
Recently celebrated his first birthday. He’s cute, he’s quick and he loves to meet new visitors.
Meet the Task Force
Reed
> Status: hYPERACTIVE
> Location: CLAYTON OTTER CREEK
Traveled here from Louisiana. He is three years old and has reached a mature age for an otter. When otters hit adolescence they distance themselves from their families.
Their Mission:
Protecting the Planet

Though otters are not critically endangered, they’re here to advocate for their species and the waterways and teach us all how we can help prevent future loss. Our campus actively recycles and makes a conscious effort to eliminate plastic and reduce waste by offering canned water and providing refilling stations for all guests.Every ticket and membership purchase helps protect their spectacular species and their habitats.

When you visit Zoo Knoxville, you aren’t just having a great time and learning fascinating new things, you’re playing an important role in saving the planet and the marvelous species that live in it. North American River Otters are extremely sensitive to water quality. They aren’t able to live in heavily polluted or contaminated waterways. Let’s help protect and preserve their homes so they can continue to flip, swim and dive into safe habitats

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Otter Spotter
North American River Otters live all over the world. Otter Spotter is a community science program helping map and record otter sightings, furthering public understanding of our waterways and its occupants. If you spot an otter, collect and share the sighting by taking a photo and uploading it to our interactive platform. 
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otter swimming and diving
Wild Things to Do
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The ARC
Visit the New Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Campus to meet Joe the Sloth, King Cobra & Cuban Croc.
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Asian Trek
Get close to tigers, red pandas, gibbons and more in our tiger temple and treehouse!
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Grasslands Africa
Take a safari with the kids and see elephants, rhinos, giraffes, baboons, zebras and lions.
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Zoo Knoxville Events
Experience events like Zoo Lights, Boo at the Zoo, After Hours and more!
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Zoo Knoxville Food
Visit our Beastro, grill or snack shops and get cool refreshments and warm meals.
AN ORIGINAL SERIES
The Wild Life goes behind the scenes of Zoo Knoxville's conservation mission to meet the animals we love and the people who care for them.