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The zoo welcomes the world’s smallest otter species in anticipation of the new Asian tropical forest exhibit complex. The Asian small-clawed otters will debut in May, along with a new kid’s nature play area and tropical aviary.

World's smallest otter species arrives at Zoo

Ever wanted to see the world's smallest otter species? You'll have your chance when the Woodland Park Zoo's new Asian tropical forest exhibit opens up this spring.

Of course, you already knew, that, because we already reported on that.

What you might not know is that the first male Asian small-clawed otter just arrived at the Zoo. A female otter will be joining him and calling the new exhibit home.

Of course, the Zoo still has to undergo examination and a weigh in, as is protocol for all animals. And until the exhibit opens, he'll be in a temporary off-view exhibit. So you'll have to wait.

A little about the little tykes: He's seven years old; she will be three. He arrived early January from Zoo Atlanta; she will be coming from the Bronx Zoo by the end of the month.

More info from the Zoo:

"Asian small-clawed otters are the smallest otter species in the world. And unlike the zoo’s river otters of the award-winning Northern Trail, small-clawed otters spend more time on land. Habitat loss presents otters the gravest threat. In their native habitats of southern and southeastern Asia, otters face deforestation, drainage of wetlands and growth of plantations that drastically reduce their suitable habitat. Once common, Asian small-clawed otters are locally extinct in Hong Kong, Singapore and India’s Sunderbans and East Calcutta."

For more info, visit www.zoo.org

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