Animal Diaries Archive
An Otter Update
9 May 2008
Back in February the exotics department welcomed Australia Zoo's resident Asian Small Clawed Otters, Bonnie and Maria. Nothing much has changed for the girls - they still live in the same exhibit, they still eat the same diet, basically all that has changed is the hands that now feed them. Bonnie and Maria are still full of energy and continue to get up to mischief and play tricks!
The last three months have been both challenging and rewarding for the exotics crew as we all get to know the girls and their funny ways. As keepers at Australia Zoo we need to be able to understand and listen to the animals we look after; Bonnie and Maria are no exception. These little girls are extremely vocal animals, with a wide range of noises, or squeaks, meaning various things from "I'm hungry" or "I want attention", to "Now I'm getting cranky"!
Although they are almost identical and inseparable, each girl has her very own unique personality. All of the Exotics team have enjoyed getting to know the girls, and all of their habits. Needless to say that Bonnie and Maria have enjoyed the last three months as well, especially the extra attention, training/bonding sessions, and all of the feeds that go with it!
If you are planning on visiting Australia Zoo, remember that nothing has changed much for the girls - they are still in their original display. All that has changed is the people who look after them.