Otters

Otters

Meet Obi-Wan and Olive, two adorable North American river otters that call the WNC Nature Center home. These playful creatures are found in a wide variety of aquatic habitats and can tolerate a great range of temperature and elevations. A river otter's main requirements are a steady food supply and easy access to a body of water.

Facts You Otter Know

  • Life expectancy in zoos: 16 years
  • Life expectancy in the wild: 8–10 years
  • Otters can hold their breath over 6 minutes
  • Otters can grow to be more than a meter long and weigh up to 14 pounds
  • 80% of the river otter's diet is fish, crayfish and aquatic insects
  • Otters are a member of the Mustelid family, which also includes skunks, weasels and minks
  • North American river otters can dive down 60 feet. Special "nose plug" muscles close their nostrils while they are under water

Tune In

Our Ottercam is live from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, and the best time to catch them being active is around 11:30 a.m. when they are being fed.

The otters are resting right now. Check back after 10 a.m.

See Them In Person

Want to visit Obi-Wan and Olive? Make plans to stop by the WNC Nature Center while in Asheville. You can see a variety of wildlife while at the park, including black bears, cougars, wolves, birds of prey and a host of amphibians and reptiles.