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Otter family growing: four pups born!

First photo of the otter pups taken by zookeeper Pam Cox.

Otter family off view until August while raising pups

Our pair of Asian small-clawed otters has already given birth to a litter of pups—just one month after debuting in the new Bamboo Forest Reserve exhibit!

Since both parents play a role in rearing pups, the family is off-view together in a behind-the-scenes nest where mom nurses as dad stands watch. As the pups grow bigger and more coordinated, we hope to see the family back out on exhibit later this summer.

We thank you for your patience while the otters remain off-view, and hope you still come out to enjoy the tropical aviary and children’s play area at the Bamboo Forest Reserve.

Grand Opening: Bamboo Forest Reserve Phase One

May 4, 2013, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate with us as we officially debut phase one of the Bamboo Forest Reserve exhibit complex, made possible with your support! Visit squealing Asian small-clawed otters, a sonorous tropical aviary, and a kids' nature play area, all bringing to life the sounds, smells and sights of the Asian tropical forest. Plus, on opening day, catch the debut of the zoo's sloth bear twins as part of the festivities!

See the schedule of opening day festivities


Sloth bear birth: It's twins!

First-time sloth bear mom Tasha gave birth to twins on December 18, 2012. Mom and cubs make their official debut on May 4. You can help us build them a new home in the Bamboo Forest Reserve. To help us complete the new sloth bear exhibit, make your gift today.


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Press releases:

Apr. 26, 2013: Ceremonial ribbon cutting opens zoo's new Bamboo Forest Reserve exhibit May 3 

Apr. 19, 2013: May 4 is grand opening for zoo's new Bamboo Forest Reserve 

Apr. 16, 2013: Media invited to sneak peek of sloth bear cubs 

Apr. 2, 2013: Sloth bear cubs getting ready for their public debut 

Jan. 18, 2013: Surprise! Baby monitor reveals two sloth bears in recent birth

Jan. 17, 2013: Zoo welcomes world's smallest otter species to debut in May

Jan. 14, 2013: Zoo to open new exhibit, welcome new animals in 2013

Dec. 28, 2012: BLOG | Sloth bear birth at Woodland Park Zoo

Sept. 18, 2012: Construction begins for phase one of tiger and sloth bear exhibit complex ‒ Hundreds of guests join zoo at groundbreaking ceremony

Sept. 14, 2012: Scores of school kids to join zoo in breaking ground for major exhibit ‒ Phase one of tiger and sloth bear exhibit complex to open in 2013

Mar. 22, 2012: Zoo unveils design plans for new tiger and sloth bear exhibits featuring up-close animal experiences and hands-on conservation education

Dec. 6, 2011: New sloth bear to undergo quarantine exam - Conservation ambassador arrives for new, naturalistic exhibit 

Oct. 24, 2011: Woodland Park Zoo receives $1 million toward new, naturalistic tiger exhibit from The Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences 

March 10, 2011: Zoo receives $4 million challenge gift to build new tiger exhibit 


For interview and photo requests, contact:

Gigi Allianic, Public Relations Manager
Caileigh Robertson, Public Relations Coordinator
Media Line: 206.548.2550 


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For news on construction updates, new animal arrivals and conservation developments, follow the progress of this exciting project on the zoo’s blog:

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