North American River Otters, who love splashing and scampering through the Tennessee Aquarium’s River Otter Falls. What’s amazing about these furry and feisty critters is they’re proof that conservation efforts do work!
North American River Otters are the largest semi-aquatic predator in the state of Tennessee. They’ve been hunted for their water-proof pelts since the 1700’s, and were much desired during the time of the French fur trade. By 1958, changes in their habitats, and other factors led to the disappearance of the North American River Otters in Middle and East Tennessee. For thirty years, sighting of river otters were few and far in-between, and they were then added to the endangered species in the state. It’s incredible to think that the river otters were almost completely wiped out.
In 1984 the future of the species started to look brighter when the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency introduced their otter restoration project. With continuing conservation efforts, TWRA released river otters into the waterways over a ten year period. The result was the return of a thriving river otter population in the wild, and they were able to remove them from the endangered species list.
Thanks to the Tennessee Aquarium, we can get up close with these shy critters, which are hard to spot in the wild. It’s funny to watch as they wrestle around with each other. And, you catch these aquatic acrobats in action in the video below – even Otter are famous on YouTube. Their so much fun, and you could spend all day watching them.
The Tennessee Aquarium is filled with engaging experiences, and they have great programs year-round designed for the whole family. It’s a amazing place to discover more about the Otters, and other amazing animals, and how you can make a difference in your own backyard!
Plan Your Visit To The Tennessee Aquarium
Tickets for the Tennessee Aquarium allow access to both the River Journey and Ocean Journey sections of the Aquarium. To order tickets, and learn more about current exhibits, movies playing at the IMAX Movie Theater, and explore more on River Otter Falls visit their website.
Did you know that Chattanooga, Tennesse, home to the Tennessee Aquarium, and many other wonderful attractions, has been named by Lonely Planet as the “Best in the U.S.” and “10 U.S. destinations you need to see in 2018”. It’s true, and to plan your visit to Chattanooga, Tennessee visit the Chattanooga Visitor Bureau website.