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North/ American River Otter

North/ American River Otter

River otters are excellent swimmers and divers and are usually found no more than 10 yards from water. They can remain underwater for six to eight minutes.

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Catering at the Zoo

Jungle Cafe

NOTE: The Jungle Cafe and Courtyard Cafe remain closed until further notice.

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The Jungle Café is convenient, delicious and full of choices for snacks or meals at the zoo. Both outdoor and indoor eating areas are available.

In keeping with the zoo’s commitment to conservation, healthy living and environmental enrichment, the café offers locally roasted Paul DeLima coffee and prepares its fried foods in a zero Trans fat oil. The restaurant also is nut-free for our guests with allergies.

Paul DeLima coffee is organic, made from beans grown without pesticides or herbicides. Paul DeLima also is Fair Trade Certified, ensuring that farmers who grow the beans are paid a fair price. Our beverage menu also includes juices, soft drinks, hot chocolate and milk.

FRY-ON…ZTF (zero Trans fat) is a unique blend of healthy canola and corn oils that combine to create a delicious and clean taste. Cooking oils high in fat have been linked to cardiovascular disease and cancer. This healthier alternative allows zoo visitors to enjoy flavorful fried foods without the risks from most cooking oils.

Guests with nut allergies can rest assured that our cooking facilities are nut-free. The only items that may contain nuts are pre-packaged ice cream treats and granola bars.

The Jungle Café is a convenient way to extend your zoo visit and has something for everyone. Selections include salads, hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken, sandwiches, soups and ice cream as well as some vegan options.

Grab-and-Go Snacks on the Wildlife Trail!

While you're out wandering the Wildlife Trail, don't forget to stop by our conveniently located concession stands, open all summer while school is out. If your plans for the day include a picnic, it will be hard to resist the smell of our grilled hotdogs and sausages, located near the Outdoor Birds exhibits. Cool off with gourmet ice cream or slushies at our stand by Primate Park or Dippin' Dots, available across from the swan pond.  Most of our concession stands offer ice cream and popsicles, so be sure to enjoy a tasty treat! If the stands are not open, Dippin' Dots and many other items are available at the Jungle Café.

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