The 2014 Otter Keeper Workshop (OKWS) was a wonderful success!  A big Thank You goes out to our great hosts, Downtown Aquarium and Denver Zoo, our Sponsors, and all of our great Instructors.  We are entertaining offers for hosting the next workshop, 2014.  Contact David if you are interested in being a host.


The 2014 Otter Keeper Workshop (OKWS) is 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. 2014 will be the sixth offering of the OKWS.  This time the hosts will be the Downtown Aquarium, home to North American river otters and Denver Zoo, home to Asian small-clawed otters and North American river otters.  The majority of our sessions will be held at the hosts' facilities.  


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 and, researchers and college students interested in otters have attended the workshop. There have even been attendees from three other countries.

The workshop registration is closed.  The deadline was January 15, 2014.  Keep an eye out for OKWS 2016 and "Like" us on Facebook to keep up with the workshop, otter news and great otter pictures.