Otter Keeper Workshop 2016 will be held in Buffalo, New York. The majority of the sessions will be held at the Buffalo Zoo. One day will be at the Seneca Park Zoo.
The 2016 Otter Keeper Workshop (OKWS) will be a comprehensive four-day workshop covering the care and management of otters in captivity. The workshop will be devoted to four of the species managed in Association of Zoos and Aquariums, (AZA) facilities: African spotted-necked otters, Asian small-clawed otters, giant otters, and North American river otters. 2016 will be the seventh offering of the OKWS. This time the hosts will be the Buffalo Zoo, home to North American river otters.
The ultimate goal is to have an OKWS-trained staff person in each of the AZA otter-holding institutions. Since space is always limited at the workshop, institutions should only send one staff person per year. Only under extreme circumstances should an attendee participate in multiple years. The workshop is meant for front-line otter keepers, although Zoo Educators, Curators, researchers and college students interested in otters have attended the workshop. International attendees are welcomed. There have even been attendees from four other countries.
Registration opened May 1, 2016.