Otters hit the road!

After spending half term being spotted on site, our colourful otter sculptures have hit the road and headed out to different locations around the Dudley borough.

Until mid-May Himley Hall, Duncan Edwards Leisure Centre, Red House Glass Cone, The Village Hotel, Dudley Library, Dudley Canal Trust and Dudley Archive, will each be hosting an otter, while one will remain here at the zoo.

DZC’s Head of Education and Conservation, Jack Williams, said: “During half term our art trail proved to be a hit with visitors young and old alike.

“We are excited that more people will now have the opportunity to spot our wonderfully decorated otters at venues throughout the borough, helping us raise awareness about the threats both native and non-native otters are facing in the wild.”

Each Asian short-clawed otter sculpture has been designed and decorated by a local community art group, who have been inspired by a variety of themes, including the zoo, the natural world, the Black Country and pop culture.

The otters will return to the zoo in time for the summer holidays and at the end of the season, we’ll be auctioning them off in aid of two otter charities – The UK Wild Otter Trust and The Himalayan Otter Network.

The Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Andrea Goddard, who officially launched our Spotter Otter campaign, said: “I hope the trail gets people talking about the issues these wonderful animals face and that the statues raise a huge amount for the otter charities when they are auctioned later this year.

“I’m delighted we are able to host otters in a number of local council venues, including Himley Hall and Park, the Red House Glass Cone and Duncan Edwards Leisure Centre.”

If you find one of our otters when out on your travels, we’d love you to snap a picture with them and tag us in on social media using #DZCSpotterOtter

Find out more HERE.