Three New Otter Pups Again! 🦦

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March 2023


Staff and volunteers at the Aquarium are experiencing a Groundhog Day, only it's Otter Day. For the second time in less than a year, NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher (NCAFF) staff are celebrating the arrival of a trio of Asian small-clawed otter pups, born Tuesday, Jan. 31. The pups are growing and bonding with parents, Leia and Quincy, and siblings Stella, Mae, and Selene, behind-the-scenes at the NCAFF Otters on the Edge habitat.

Leia’s second successful pregnancy and delivery represents continued success in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan®(SSP) Program. She is among 13 breeding female otters in the AZA SSP Program in the United States. Asian small-clawed otters are a vulnerable species in their native habitats of Indonesia, southern China, southern India, Southeast Asia, and the Philippines.

“Being a part of the AZA SSP program and continuing to support the survival of this vulnerable species is very rewarding to all of us at the Aquarium. We are keeping a close eye on the family since now there are siblings in the mix, and it is important that the family has a safe and quiet place to bond with their newest members,” said Shannon Anderson, aquarist and otter keeper, NCAFF.

Read more at Leia and Quincy begin 2023 with a new litter.


Breathtaking scenery inspires runners to keep coming back to the NCAFF Race for the Planet, presented by Jeff Gordon Chevrolet—this year slated for Sunday, April 23, 2023, at 8 a.m. The 2023 5K race and 1-mile fun run winds through the beautiful maritime forest that surrounds the Aquarium. There is also a virtual race from April 24-30, a great opportunity for racers to support the Aquarium green initiatives from anywhere on Earth.

Visit NCAFF race for the planet to find out more about the 2023 event, and register.


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