September 26, 2023


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19-year-old river otter dies at Garden City Zoo

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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Lee Richardson Zoo in Backyard City stated farewell to Ariel, the 19-yr-outdated, woman river otter who passed absent abruptly Wednesday morning.  Necropsy outcomes are pending. 

The median lifestyle expectancy for North American river otters is 12.3 a long time.  Ariel debuted at the zoo in September of 2003 immediately after arriving from Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Mo.  For the very last two decades, she and the male otter “Brighton” have been playfully entertaining and educating website visitors to the Kansas Waters spot of the zoo.

Team say they are saddened by the reduction but will remember Ariel’s antics with a smile.  Keepers will give supplemental enrichment to the male to keep him occupied right until a new companion can vacation to Garden Town.  Lee Richardson Zoo will work with the North American River Otter Species Survival Approach to recognize an appropriate mate as shortly as feasible.  The NARO SSP is an AZA committee that collectively manages the animals in the population in human care to keep the populace balanced, each genetically and demographically.

Otters are a member of the Mustelid or weasel family members.  Other members of the Mustelid household contain skunks, badgers, weasels, minks, fishers, ferrets, and wolverines.  Brighton can be witnessed in the Kansas Waters habitat up coming to Cat Canyon.  Current zoo general public hrs are 8 a.m. until eventually 7 p.m. day by day.

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