Recommendations for the successful captive breeding of North American river otters (Lontra canadensis)
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The North American river otter (NARO) (Lontra canadensis) is a semi-aquatic mammal found in the wild throughout North America, and captive at many institutions throughout the world. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA) captive NARO population represents an important feature species that attracts many patons to zoological institutions. NAROS are rarely taken from the wild, so captive breeding programs are overseen by the AZA to ensure the genetic diversity of the captive populations, and to encourage proper care and management of the animals. Captive breeding, however, is not always ...