Rescued Sea Otter at the WCS New York Aquarium Makes His Public Debut
Tazo settles into his
new home in the Sea Cliffs exhibit
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Brooklyn, New York – June 9, 2011 – The Wildlife
Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium is happy to announce that Tazo, an
orphaned northern sea otter pup found stranded last summer in Alaska, has
rehabilitated at the aquarium and is ready to make his public debut.
“We’re very excited to finally introduce Tazo to our
visitors,” said Jon Forrest Dohlin, WCS Vice President and Director of the New
York Aquarium.” His adorable demeanor has delighted our staff behind the scenes
over the last several months, but now it’s time for him to call his exhibit
home and meet the public.”
Tazo was about three weeks old when he was found stranded
after being separated from his mother during a storm. He was in excellent
physical condition but scared and confused without his mother. The Alaska Sea
Life Center took Tazo in for one month and provided initial care before he made
his permanent move to WCS’s New York Aquarium.
Since last August, keepers and animal department staff
worked round the clock shifts at the aquarium’s Aquatic Animal Health Center to
make sure Tazo was nursed and groomed on schedule and that his first efforts at
swimming and diving were safe. He is now fully rehabilitated.
Keepers say Tazo has a great personality. He is playful,
curious, and enjoys being the center of attention. Much of his time is spent
playing with toys such as rubber tire biters and frozen treats.
Tazo lives in the aquarium’s Sea Cliffs exhibit with Jacob,
a southern sea otter. Northern and southern sea otters are similar in many
ways, but southern sea otters are considered a threatened species, native to
coastal areas of California. Northern sea otters can be found off the coast of
Canada and Alaska.
Tazo’s native Alaska has many fragile lands that WCS works
to protect. Sea ice is melting, earlier springs are
shifting migratory calendars and nesting habits for some birds, and some Arctic
regions are drying significantly, affecting wildlife that depend on fertile
Arctic wetlands for sustenance.
WCS is the only conservation group with a long-term, on-the-ground
presence in Arctic Alaska. WCS is working to monitor climate change, assessing
how sea ice is fading from this region, and studying how these changes endanger
polar bears and other wildlife. In addition, WCS researchers study species such
as the musk oxen to understand why some populations are in decline.
WCS was instrumental in
passing the North Pacific Fur Seal Treaty of 1911, the first international
treaty for wildlife conservation.
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