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The Banks of the Yellowstone River Otter Exhibit

After ten years of design and construction, the Banks of the Yellowstone River Otter Exhibit is open. Featuring North American river otters, the new series of exhibits takes each guest on a journey of discovery, where it is possible to take a stroll through a Yellowstone riparian habitat next to simulated ponds, streams and waterfalls. Visitors can experience the diversity of wetlands and learn how all members of the ecosystem are interconnected – especially grizzly bears and gray wolves. Located adjacent to one of the wolf habitats, this unique indoor series of displays features other native species, including Yellowstone cutthroat trout and Arctic grayling. Of course, the stars of the exhibit, the river otters, are sure to captivate visitors of all ages with their boundless energy! Additionally, you can spend time learning about the importance of riparian habitats through a series of graphics and interactive displays. Children will especially enjoy exploring a special streamside hands-on venue where they can seek out signs of wildlife in a riparian habitat.

In addition to viewing otters and fish, visitors can see invertebrates and amphibians including the seldom seen, seclusive Western Tiger Salamander and learn how the introduction of lake trout has affected cutthroat populations. Also on exhibit, is one of the most common reptiles in Yellowstone Park, the Western Terrestrial Garter Snake. In addition, the exhibit is home to two Columbia spotted frogs and a rubber boa (snake).

This multi-species building showcases connections between Yellowstone’s native species throughout the food chain and across natural habitats. The immersive experience of seeing the animals in a naturalistic setting is supplemented by educational graphics to help visitors explore the connections between the animals as they view them. Our hope is that you leave with a greater understanding of the diversity of species that are connected to bears and wolves in the Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Come visit and watch the otters play while getting a complete understanding of the intricacies of the Yellowstone ecosystem!

Exhibits include:

THE OTTERS

Otters are a favorite among wildlife watchers. These water mammals are very social and are always at play. They inhabit the shorelines of lakes and rivers. Their main food source is the cutthroat trout, whitefish and clams. Click here to meet the otters.

ARCTIC GRAYLING

Arctic grayling is a species of freshwater fish in the salmon family. They are found throughout the Arctic and Pacific drainages in Canada, Alaska, and Siberia, as well as the upper Missouri River drainage in Montana.

CUTTHROAT TROUT

They are an important species in Yellowstone National Park, upon which many other species depend. They provide an important source of food for an estimated 20 species of birds, and mammals including bears, river otters, and mink.

AMPHIBIANS

Amphibians are an important part of Yellowstone’s aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Many of Yellowstone’s reptiles, birds, mammals, and fish prey on larval and adult amphibians and amphibians, in turn, eat a variety of vertebrate and invertebrate species.

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9:00am - 4:00pm | 7 days a week
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What our Guests Say!

Fantastic family fun

The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center is staffed with caring naturalists who are very helpful and knowledgeable. How cool is...

Georgia S

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Georgia S

The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center is staffed with caring naturalists who are very helpful and knowledgeable. How cool is it that the kids can hide "snacks" for the Grizzly bears to find right inside their habitat! The animals were very respected and cared for.

Kids Loved it

This is my second time visiting and it seems to be better than the last time. The displays were well...

Skurj

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2015-03-31T11:11:34+00:00

Skurj

This is my second time visiting and it seems to be better than the last time. The displays were well done and informative, the live bird show was a must. They rotate through a large selection of bears about every hour so the longer you stay the more bears you will see.
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