Otter Encounters

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Saturday September 3

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12:00 PM  –  12:30 PM


Enjoy this opportunity to get up close to our otters and feed them their favorite foods. These charismatic members of the EcoTarium will also demonstrate their training skills. Animal Keepers will provide an overview of the natural history of North America River Otters, the conservation challenges all thirteen species of otters face and the specific care that Slydell and Daisy receive here at the EcoTarium! 

Tickets & Important Information

Time: 12:00 pm Saturdays & Sundays
Duration: This is a 30-minute experience
Cost: $20 for members, $25 for non-members (per person)
Location: This experience meets at the Information Desk
Age Range: Must be at least 6 years of age to participate

Age Specifications:
Guests between the ages of 6 and 13 must be joined by a adult in the feeding area. Adult must have a ticket.

General Guidelines:
Please note that in the event that the otters are not on exhibit for the day, the otter feeding will be canceled.

COVID-19 Policy: Masks will be mandatory during feedings as otters are susceptible to COVID-19. Masks will be provided to our guests if they are not able to provide their own.

Otter Feeding FAQS:

Where can I purchase a ticket for this experience?
Otter feeding tickets can be purchased in advance online or the day of at the front desk if there are tickets available. Tickets must be purchased at least 1 hour prior to the encounter to ensure our staff preparation time.

How much does it cost to feed the otters?
The opportunity to feed the otters costs $20 for members and $25 for non-members. One feeding includes two pieces of fish and a behind the scenes opportunity to view and learn about our two otters!

What will I be feeding the otters?
You will be feeding the otters fish, a regular part of their diet. We will supply non-latex nitrile gloves during the feeding and access to hand sanitizer afterward.

Can I bring my own food from home to feed the otters?
For the safety of the animals, you are only permitted to feed the food that is provided by the museum. The otters are on a diet that is carefully monitored and approved by the EcoTarium’s veterinarians.

Can my children participate?
Children over the age of 6 can participate. Individuals between the ages of 6 and 13 are required to be accompanied by an adult.

What if the otters won’t come over to eat?
Otter feeding is voluntary for the animals, and they always have the option to not participate. The program fee includes the opportunity to learn more about the care of the EcoTarium’s otters and the conservation of their wild counterparts.

Can I purchase this experience in advance of my visit?
Reservations are available for purchase online! You can reserve your spot here:

Is the otter feed area wheelchair accessible?
Many areas of the EcoTarium are ADA accessible. At this time, the otter feeding area is not accessible for a person who uses a wheelchair.

Separate General EcoTarium admission must be purchased in addition to the Otter Encounter Tickets.  EcoTarium Members do not need to pre-register for museum admission. For non-members, General Admission tickets can be purchase by clicking here.

To select a date, click "other dates" at the top of the page

If you are an EcoTarium member, please be sure to sign-in/register (upper right corner) to receive the member rate. The cost should zero out at check-out. 

Please email or call 508.929.2700 for any questions