An otter in the water
Since we last reported to you, our team continues to work towards breeding success for this locally endangered species.
Our male and two females in the breeding center continue to thrive and recently the male and one female have been spending a lot of, um, private time together. As our team cannot examine the otters to determine whether either female is pregnant (this would involve anaesthetizing the animals – far too great a risk to take given the rarity of the species), we simply have to wait and see if a pregnancy results.
Our breeding center consists of three separate enclosures with a stream running through all of them and ending in a pool at the lowest enclosure. This is done to be able to separate individuals if necessary. From the photographs in this report you will notice that black boards have been attached to the fences separating each section of the breeding enclosure. The reason for this is that otters are extremely intelligent and our male has a penchant for climbing the fence to roam further afield.
In the meanwhile, visitors to the breeding center continue to be educated by our signage, guides and keeper talks about the importance of saving our precious aquatic habitats and the creatures that call them home.
Yours in hope,
Team Otter at the Jerusalem Zoo
A keeper in the breeding center