Animals & Attractions

There are two Asian small-clawed otters here at Edinburgh Zoo - Barry and Luna.

Barry was born at the Peak Wildlife Project in August 2017, while Luna was born at Newquay Zoo in February 2019. Both arrived here in Edinburgh in July 2020.

You can help feed and care for Barry and Luna, and other threatened animals around the world by donating today - if you can, please support our Survival Fund.

Fun facts!

  • The Asian small-clawed otter is the smallest otter species in the world
  • They are known for their extremely agile, hand-like front paws that feature the short claws that give the species its name
  • Like other otter species, they have a powerful, rudder-like tail that propels and steers them in the water
  • Although most otter species tend to be solitary, Asian small-clawed otters live in family groups consisting of a breeding pair and older offspring that help to raise the young

How we're helping

Wild populations of Asian small-clawed otters are in decline due to habitat loss and destruction.

Our otters are part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP).

As a wildlife conservation charity, we care for both the animals here at the zoo and work to protect endangered species around the world.

From providing genetics expertise and veterinary health, to protecting wild places with local conservation partners, and even restoring threatened species to the wild, we are active where we are needed most.

Find out more about some of our conservation projects. 

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Become an RZSS member and receive a whole host of benefits while helping to care for animals around the world.

Can you support our Survival Fund?

Every month, we need thousands of pounds just to feed and care for the animals you love. If you can, please help your zoo survive long into the future by giving a donation today.

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