FIRST Otter Kits Born at Discovery Cove

 Emmie and Binx are the first otter kits to be born at Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida. Their parents, Mari and her “significant otter,” Hank, welcomed the two on Oct. 13, 2020. Emmie and Binx have hit all their milestones to date, and have been introduced into the main otter habitat at Discovery Cove, where they continue to receive world-class, expert care from our veterinary team. Discovery Cove is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and participates in the organization’s Asian otter Species Survival Plan.  Asian Small-Clawed Otters are the smallest of all 13 species of otters. When fully mature, they will reach 2-3 feet in length and weigh anywhere from 2-11 pounds. Scent is the most important form of communication for these animals, with each otter having a scent as unique as a fingerprint. Asian Small-Clawed Otters spend a great deal of time in and out of the water, living on fish, crustaceans and mollusks, and have an average lifespan of approximately 10-15 years. Asian otters are a sentinel species.  Biologists studying the health of an environment, watch sentinel species for early warning indicators of disease, pollution, climate change or other ecological threats. Guests to Discovery Cove may now enjoy watching Emmie and Binx and the other otters in their daily playful routines.

Here's a link to some video of Emmie & Binx:


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