New Orleans,
12
August
2016
|
11:34 PM
America/Chicago

Clara the Sea Otter Enjoys Her 7th Birthday at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

GoPro Video Give Up-Close View of Clara Enjoying Her Special Treats

Summary

Clara, one of the Aquarium's most recent additions, celebrated her 7th birthday with a big splash this afternoon joined by a crowd of visitors and Audubon care staff. 

Clara, one of the Aquarium's most recent additions, celebrated her 7th birthday with a big splash this afternoon joined by a crowd of visitors and Audubon care staff. Guests were invited to make cards, sing Happy Birthday and celebrate with Clara as she enjoyed a special three-tiered cake made with the finest ingredients, including clams and crab claws. 

Clara was rescued on August 12, 2014 in Moss Landing, Monterey County, California. Due to her propensity to interact with dogs in the area, state and federal sea otter biologists agreed it was in the otter's best interest to remain in human care. Clara has been at Audubon Aquarium since November 2015 and shares her home with longtime resident, Emma.

Rich Toth, Audubon Aquarium's Managing Director.
"Clara and Emma are always guest favorites. They teach nearly a million visitors each year about the importance of protecting the oceans’ wildlife and are ambassadors for sea otter protection and conservation. 

 
Rich Toth, Audubon Aquarium's Managing Director.

Clara and Emma share a 25,000-gallon otter habitat, where the duo receive daily training, toys for enrichment and plenty of treats. Each otter eats about 7-9 pounds of seafood per day, all of it restaurant-quality and prepared at the Aquarium by animal care professionals.

Audubon Nature Institute

Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Special Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.