To mark Otter Day, which falls on Wednesday May 29, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo has launched a showcase in honour of its smallest, furriest aquatic family with a whole week dedicated just to them.
Aiming to drive awareness over otter conservation efforts and measures to protect the vulnerable species, the zoo – which is home to a family of the highly-threatened Asian small-clawed otters itself – has adopted a breeding programme in commitment to the much-loved mammals' survival.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo works with conservationists, the local community, wildlife organisations and government entities to drive the protection of otters, and is inviting families to check out an exclusive pop-up art exhibition in The Dubai Mall showcasing paw-paintings of its tiny inhabitants.
The centrepiece of the exhibition is a bespoke painting of Dubai Aquarium’s mother-daughter otter pair, Ginger and Maxine, by wildlife artist Emma Skinner. This painting is also up for grabs, so make sure you sign up for the social media competition.
What's more, ten percent of the proceeds of all Otter Encounter bookings at Dubai Aquarium during Otter Week will be donated to the International Otter Survival Fund – one of the world’s leading otter charities.
Weighing less than five kilograms, Asian small-clawed otters are carnivorous in nature and the smallest of all 13 species. They live in streams, rivers, marshes and rice paddies and feed on crustaceans, snails, fish and insects.
Aside from being intelligent animals, otters have a huge appetite and can eat up to 20 percent of their body weight daily. Much like us, really.
From Dhs230 (Ramadan offer). Until Jun 1. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, thedubaiaquarium.com.