Just to clarify - the press release referenced by Ryan was a short note issued yesterday inviting the local media to attend this morning's press conference. More detailed information was made available in a second release distributed to all local media this morning.
It is likely that many of the animals housed in this facility will be injured non-releasable animals, like the ravens and foxes we have currently.
The otter breeding program will be managed in conjunction with HSU and is part of the global species survival plan for river otters. While an animal's natural environment is obviously the ideal, this facility will enable students to observe and learn how otters live under water and how they interact with other species in their ecosystem in a way that it is simply not possible for humans to do in the wild. This learning experience will give students a much more complete understanding of the otter's role in the ecosystem and how we humans can adapt our own behaviors to ensure the species' continued existence in the wild.
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Dec 12, 2013
vol XXIV issue 50
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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