Otterly Exciting News!



They’re coming! Richmond’s favorite aquatic mammals, North American river otters (Lontra canadensis), will delight us all at Maymont once again beginning Tuesday, May 16. A male and a female, both approximately two years old, will live in the otter exhibit at the Robins Nature & Visitor Center. Both otters were found raiding crayfish farms in their home state of Louisiana, and local authorities categorized them as “nuisances” to be removed from the wild. With assistance from state game and fisheries officials and partner zoos and aquariums, Maymont will now provide a safe and enriching home for them. We have been searching for new otters to rescue since last fall after beloved long-time residents, Neptune (age 19) and Pandora (age 17), died of natural causes.

The new male otter is named “Louis” – a shortened nickname for Louisiana and a reference to Louis Armstrong, the influential jazz musician born in New Orleans. The name was selected by Jody Korman, a Maymont supporter who won the opportunity during the 2016 Vintage Maymont auction.

Maymont fans will have a chance to help choose the name of the female otter (pictured) during a special campaign that will be announced later this month. Stay tuned for details!

Make plans for a visit soon to watch the playful antics of our new furry family members. The otters can be seen at the Nature Center during open hours Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm, starting Tuesday, May 16. Admission to the Nature Center is $4 per person; FREE for Maymont members.

15 responses to “Otterly Exciting News!

  1. Nice news item about the otters How about the name “Louise” for the (as yet, unnamed) female ? Great news.


  2. I can’t wait to see the new residents of the otter pond – Neptune and Pandora were such fun to watch – Louis and his unnamed lady friend are going to love their new home in Richmond –

  3. Yaaaaay!!! So excited to meet our new otter residents. Maybe Louis’ friend could be Ella, in honor of fellow jazz musician and Virginian Ella Fitzgerald?

  4. She is very cute and I was going suggest to name female otter “Cutie”. But seeing the previous messages I agree that name Ella, in honor of Ella Fitzgerald, sounds very suitable.

  5. My family and I have been coming to Maymont since I was little, and the otters have always been one of my favorite exhibits. It was sad to see Neptune and Pandora pass, but I’m so glad Maymont is welcoming in two new otters. May I suggest Ana for the female’s name, so there will be Louis and Ana, as in Louisiana, in honor of their home state?

  6. I say go with Ana. It continues the theme with which you named Louise and is very clever.

  7. We loved visiting Louis and his lady Friday today!!! So they are so playful! We vote on the name Ana as well! We actually thought of it as we were leaving in honor of “Louisiana” and then popped on here to see we weren’t the only ones who thought of this! 🙂 Louis & Ana!

  8. We will be visiting Tuesday and we are super excited to meet the new otters! How about the name Eleanor. From the Old French form of the Occitan name Aliénor. It was first borne by the influential Eleanor of Aquitaine (12th century), who was the queen of Louis VII, the king of France, and later Henry II, the king of England.

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