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Staten Island in Richmond County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

North American River Otters

 
 
North American River Otters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 2012
1. North American River Otters Marker
Inscription. Lontra canadensis

Habitat: Shores of rivers, marshes and bays
Range: North America
Status: Threatened

Slip Slidin’ Away
The streamlines form and webbed feet combined with the thick, tapered and muscular tail lends for speedy swimming. Otters mostly forage in the water, but are comfortable traveling on land as well. One fascinating method of catching prey involves swimming in circles, which creates a whirlpool that brings up fish and crustaceans.

Why We Otter Save Them
The North American River Otter, like most other species, are threatened primarily by fur trapping, as well as habitat destruction, over fishing and water pollution. Zoos and conservation centers continue to work tirelessly to save these amazing animals.

Did you know North American River Otters…
. can reach maximum speeds up to 18 mph while running?
. is both a social and vocal animal, communicating with whistles, twitters, and chirps?
. males can locate a female in estrous (heat) from over 5 miles away?
 
Erected by Richmond County Savings Foundation.
 
Location. 40° 37.5′ N, 74° 6.942′ W. Marker is in Staten Island, New York, in Richmond County. Marker
The Otter Pond image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 2012
2. The Otter Pond
can be reached from Broadway. Touch for map. The marker is at the Otter Pond in the Staten Island Zoo. Marker is in this post office area: Staten Island NY 10310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sullivan’s Attack (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Pelton House (approx. 1.3 miles away); Founding of the Dutch Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Reformed Protestant Dutch Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Five Brothers (approx. 1.3 miles away); Burial Place (approx. 1.3 miles away); St. James Hotel (approx. 1.3 miles away); Livingston World War II Memorial (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Staten Island.
 
Categories. Animals
 
One of the otters image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 2012
3. One of the otters
The Staten Island Zoo layout image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 2012
4. The Staten Island Zoo layout
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 31, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 31, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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