Friday is Endangered Species Day, so every day this week, we will be featuring a different Endangered/Threatened Species that resides here with us at the Texas State Aquarium. At the end of the week, you can come by the Aquarium and learn more about these Endangered/Threatened Species, and what you can do to help.
Here at the Aquarium, we have two Otters, Dusty and Merlin. They definitely capture the love and attention of our aquarium guests, however, many are unaware of threat of extinction to these playful creatures.
“They once lived in streams, rivers, lakes, swamps, and coastal areas throughout Canada and the United States. Now they are gone from the central and eastern United States, and extinct or rare in Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia. Scientific studies have shown them to be sensitive to pollution. Still these animals are commercially harvested: 20,000 – 30,000 are taken annually for their lustrous fur.”
-Encyclopedia of Life
Did you know?
Otters can tolerate a variety of environments, including freshwater and coastal marine habitats.
Come back to our blog every day this week to learn about more Endangered/Threatened Species, and don’t forget to come by the Texas State Aquarium on Friday to show your support for threatened animals on Endangered Species Day!