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NYS River Otter Restoration


The goal of the New York State River Otter Project was to reintroduce river otters from the Adirondack Region into the Genesee River and Finger Lakes where they once existed. In collaboration with Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, the Zoo evaluated the health, micro-chipped and in some cases, surgically implanted telemetry tracking devices in the otters, prior to their release. Within one year, 278 otters were welcomed back to the waterways of the Finger Lakes Region. Follow up tracking and monitoring studies have demonstrated that the reintroduced otters are now raising families and thriving in western New York with many sightings in Honeoye Lake, the Genesee River and Black Creek.

For more information on the River Otter Projector or

to report an otter sighting, click here.