Autzen Otter Exhibit
Nothing brings more smiles than seeing otters play! Watch our resident river otters Brook and Rogue as they scamper on land, use their slide or go for a swim. Though loaded with boundless energy, they sometimes retreat into their den to take a nap. A good time to see these creatures when they are active is during the daily Otter Encounter at 2:00 pm.
The Autzen Otter Exhibit is located outdoors and includes both outdoor and indoor viewing areas. Recently renovated, the outdoor glass walls provide great viewing for kids and those in wheelchairs to watch the otters.
Indoors, there are some viewing windows to watch the otters swimming underwater and see their “bubble trails” The big mural depicts a typical High Desert river – see how many creatures you can find in the painting! (Hint: there are more than 40). Watch Pacific lamprey explore their fish tank and learn about efforts to save this species.
As with many of our other animals, the otters cannot be released into the wild because they are imprinted on humans, meaning that they rely on people for food and care. None of the animals cared for by the High Desert Museum are able to survive in the wild.