River Otter Kits to be Released

Orphaned North American River Otter Kits to be Released

at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs Park, NPR, FL on June 2nd


New Port Richey, Fl – Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife is excited to announce the release of the North American River Otter Kits orphaned earlier this year. On Saturday, June 2nd around 11:00 AM we will be staging for the release in the parking lot of Werner-Boyce Salt Springs Park, New Port Richey, FL. While the actual release will be invitation only held in an undisclosed area within the park, the public is invited to join us in the parking lot to say good-bye and show their support of our native wildlife.

Coming to us under different circumstances, they all have a story to tell. The most memorable is that of Abe. Abe was very little when he was rescued by Clearwater Marine Aquarium who, after giving him a clean bill of health, reached out to Owl’s Nest to raise him with our other orphaned river otter kits. In the nursery where they were bottle fed first, then introduced to soft solids and small fish, he quickly grew to be the largest of the group.

received_10215724711887819The rehab process continued in the outdoor enclosure built with funds we received from the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Grant Program. Here the river otters learned the skills needed to be released back into the wild. Taking naturally to swimming in the prefab pond and proving they could hunt and catch live fish on their own was the final condition determining their readiness to be released.

Otter Adoption KitWe wish to thank everyone for the generous donations making the care and feeding of the otters possible and to The Wildlife Docs at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for their wellness care. We only have a few “Otter Adoption Kits” available. An Otter Plush, Adoption Certificate and Otter Fact Sheet can be yours with your donation of $20.00 (plus $3.75 shipping) which will further help us in our work to rescue, rehab and release our native wildlife. Quantities are limited so reserve yours by emailing your name, address and telephone number to owlsnestsanctuaryforwildlife@gmail.com

Additional Details:

  • The actual release is private and will be held on June 2, 2018, in an undisclosed location within Werner-Boyce Salt Springs Park – 8737 US Highway 19 North, Port Richey, FL 34668
  • Public is invited to attend to say good-bye in the staging area located in the parking lot at 11:00 AM.
  • Media can request and invitation by contacting Kris Porter at 813-598-5926 or rkporter1@verizon.net
  • Owl’s Nest will broadcast the release on Facebook at Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife


Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife is a State and Federally Permitted Rehabilitation, registered Non-Profit Organization based in the Tampa Bay area, we serve all Hillsborough, Pasco & Pinellas counties. We are dedicated to the rescue of sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife so that they may be rehabilitated and (when possible) released back to the wild. Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife is 100% volunteer and completely Donation Funded.

Owlsnestsanctuaryforwildlife.com  |  813-598-5926  |  A Florida Non-Profit 501(c)(3)

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