Spend the morning with the otters - A great gift! A real treat for otter fans and lovers of nature and wildlife.
Spend a morning with the otters at the Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary and gain an exclusive insight into the secret world of the otter and the work of the sanctuary. This is a hands on experience and follows the daily routine of the staff at the Sanctuary, so expect to get up close with the otters and get dirty in the process. The morning is designed to be educational and fun and is done on a one to two basis with our keeper so its personal and very special.
Read about a typical itinerary below.
This experience is for 14 years and upwards. For under 14's please see the junior otter experience. You must wear wellies on the experience and it is recommended that you bring waterproofs for wet weather. By the nature of the activities, those taking part, need to be physically fit and agile.
10.30am - A tour of the Otter Sanctuary with one of our keepers. You will meet the resident otters and discuss daily routines and otter natural history.
10.45am Cleaning Out Time
This will involve cleaning out otter pools, sweeping up and removing spraints (otter poo !) from the pens. Cleaning out of the otter holts (where the otters sleep) and generally making sure the otters are clean and comfortable.
11.00am Food Preparation
Before feeding otters the food needs to be prepared. Depending on the day of visit this may include freezing down the weekly delivery of trout into daily rations. The food then needs to be prepared suitably for the different species of otter that are resident at the time.
11.30am Feeding Time
The otters all need feeding and this will usually involve hand feeding some of the more friendly otters, which is very exciting, but some of the larger residents are too lively for novices to feed by hand.
12.30pm - Explore!!!
Time for you to explore the centre at your own leisure, take more photos and chat with staff.