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.