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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens North American Otter Exhibit is Open to the Public! Mon, Nov 12, 2012

Our newly designed North American Otter Exhibit that we completed for the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Sanford, FL has opened.   Zoo visitors will be able to watch the playful animals swim underwater. The female, named Molly, was acquired from the Brookgreen Gardens Zoo in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The male, Buster, came from Flamingo Gardens in Davie.

We worked closely with the zoo staff to ensure proper USDA caging requirements, animal holding safety criteria and AZA standards are implemented into the design.  The 1,663 SF exhibit includes a stream with underwater viewing windows and two separate viewing areas with glassed window.

The underwater viewing is quickly becoming a favorite visitor viewing spot.  The steeped artificial water bodies within a berm allow a convenient underwater viewing without a subterranean visitor pathway, while emphasizing the importance of water in the lives of the otters. Natural stones within the streams create movement with a big log where the otters can slink under, providing a place to play, strengthening family ties on all ages and to develop hunting skills for the young otters.

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