My first encounter with an otter was when one jumped in our boat while we were docked at Barnacle Phil's near Captiva. The little weasel-like critter was trying to pry open our cooler (as soon as we stepped off the boat for lunch)! Well, needless to say, he got all my Fritos and I've been in love with these clever land/water characters ever since.
That's why I’m excited to tell you that the fabulous Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is opening a brand new exhibit, featuring the North American river otter – they'll have two to entertain you.
So, if you're going to be anywhere near the lovely town of Sanford or Orlando on Saturday, Sept. 1st at 10 a.m., drive over for the show! That's when the new North American River Otter Exhibit will have its grand opening.
Insider tip: wear comfortable shoes becuase there are 400 animals to see at the Central Florida Zoo (must be 402 now!), spread over a whopping 116 acres! You'll love it – and I bet you'll love these otters. I also hear the Zoo may be adding an African Safari on 16 acres of adjacent land. Stay tuned!