Piper and Hudson — the Maryland Zoo’s North American river otters — are back at the Zoo after several months of extensive renovations to their habitat in the Maryland Wilderness. So stopping to say “hi” is a must-add to your #CoolSummerFun Bucket List this summer!

“The otter habitat was first opened in 1989 and after over 30 years of wear and tear, it was definitely in need of some upgrades,” said Kirby Fowler, president and CEO of The Maryland Zoo. “The existing viewing windows have been replaced, and the overall viewing area has been dramatically expanded to improve the visitor experience. The original path was resurfaced and new rock work was installed in various areas. There was also work done to improve the animal care team areas behind the scenes.”

When you stop by to waive at the otters, you’ll notice that the viewing windows and tunnel are all new. There is even an expanded “beach” area for eye-to-eye viewing near the Marsh Aviary side of the habitat. An otter training area will be completed soon… something that many are looking forward to!

“One feature I am especially looking forward to is the training platform. From this area, the Otter Animal Care Team can deliver keeper chats and offer the otters snacks and enrichment,” continued Fowler. “We are very excited to see these changes come together and can’t wait for our Zoo guests to see Piper and Hudson enjoy their new outdoor spaces.”

Timed entry reservations are required for ALL guests and Zoo members, so be sure to buy your tickets/reserve your entry time online before you go! 

While you’re in the Maryland Wilderness, be sure to stop by the Farmyard. The Goat Corral just reopened — so bring your herd to brush, groom, and pet the Zoo’s various species of goats. It’s your chance to get up close with some very friendly (and furry) faces. FREE!

The Maryland Zoo

410-396-7102 | marylandzoo.org
Location: One Safari Place, Baltimore, MD 21217

Editor’s Note: Images provided by The Maryland Zoo.