Otter Keeper Workshop 2018 will be held at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon.  The Oregon Zoo is home of North American river otters Tilly, 2013's Mother of the Year, and B.C.  that live in the Great Northwest portion of the zoo.  The sea otters, Eddie and Thelma, that live in the Pacific Shores section of the zoo. 

The majority of the sessions will be held at the Oregon Zoo.



The 2018 Otter Keeper Workshop (OKWS) will be a comprehensive five-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, North American river otters, and for the first time sea otters. 2018 will be the eighth offering of the OKWS.  This time the hosts will be the Portland Zoo, home to North American river otters and sea 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 will open - TBD.  

2018 Host Oregon Zoo

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