Playful New Addition to “Discovery Trail” Debuts at WCS's Prospect Park Zoo

River Otters at Prospect Park Zoo Photo
Dixie watches zoo visitors on the bank of the pond in her new home at WCS’s Prospect Park Zoo. She and long time zoo resident Ogie are making their public debut as a couple and can be seen swimming and playing on Discovery Trail.
Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

Resident otter, Ogie, meets his match: Dixie, a female North American river otter

View video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTXicrMuT8w

New York, NY-August 17, 2010- The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo has doubled the fun on the Discovery trail with the addition of a young, female, North American river otter - Dixie. 

Dixie, a one and a half-year-old female, was recently introduced to her male companion, Ogie, who has been at the zoo for many years. They are getting along well and can be seen swimming and playing together in their exhibit.

Dixie spends her day diving in the water and crawling through the bushes and grass. With their clawed, webbed feet, and powerful tails, otters are equally at home in water as they are on land. They are skilled swimmers and can dive up to 35 feet and hold their breath for up to 8 minutes.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dixie,” said Denise McClean, director of WCS’s Prospect Park Zoo. “She adds some young energy to the exhibit and is a good playmate for Ogie.”

Visitors can watch Dixie and Ogie’s antics on the zoo’s Discovery Trail. There are a variety of animals from around the world on the trail including rock wallabies, red pandas, and tufted deer. The best time of day to catch Dixie diving and playing is during the morning or late afternoon hours as she and Ogie often retreat to their hollow log for midday naps.

North American river otters are found in freshwater environments in most of Canada and along the eastern coast of the United States. 

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Video Credit: Luke Groskin © WCS

Contact:
Sophie Bass: 212-439-6527; sbass@wcs.org
Max Pulsinelli: 718-220-5182; mpulsinelli@wcs.org
Steve Fairchild: 718-220-5189; sfairchild@wcs.org



The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo - Open every day of the year.  Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $7 for children 3 to 12, and free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April through October, and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November  through April. Tickets are sold until one half-hour before closing. The zoo is located at 450 Flatbush Avenue.  For more information call 718-399-7339 or visit  www.prospectparkzoo.com.


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