This Animal Preserve Lets People Swim With Tiny Otters To Brighten Up Their Day

Folks who frequent Barn Hill Preserve, located in Louisiana will be in for a treat. It is here where people have the opportunity to swim with tiny sized otters.

There is an age requirement, so you will have to be at least 16 years old to swim with these otters in a pool. Places like this, provide people with a way to kick back and relax after a stressful day or experience in their life. 

Adults Swim with Tiny Otters

If someone meets the age requirement, then they will be required to sign a waiver before their swim experience with these otters. The facility located in Ethel, Louisiana is federally licensed. The swims however are limited so they don’t provide but so many opportunities to the public according to President/CEO of Barn Hill Preserve, John “Gabe” Ligon. 

John went on to say, “The swim experience includes a tour of the preserve which includes African servals, red kangaroos, and a climate-controlled sloth exhibit.”


Each swim session lasts for one hour. The otters will likely be inside the pool for about 35 minutes at a time. Not only do people seem to have fun, but the otters seem to enjoy themselves also. 


The activity is scheduled once per day and only for a few times out of each week. When guests enter the pool, they otters are introduced for a playtime session. Toys are also provided at the nearby deck. 


The otters are never forced to do anything, the experience so far has been positive for all according to John Ligon. This species of otter is the smallest known species in all the world. They typically inhabit mangrove swamps and freshwater wetland type terrains in South and Southeast Asia. 

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Only the alpha pair extends the family by breeding. The offspring from the previous year help raise the youngsters. Unfortunately, from pollution, hunting and other circumstances, these small-clawed otters are now listed as being vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

When visitors get here, they can also see free-flying macaw birds. This bird species has some intelligence, comparable to a human toddler. The birds learn to fly so they can live out their lifespan of 80 years around the Louisiana countryside. They also from time to time flock together, which is quite a sight to see. 

Those interested, can contact check out their website at and make a reservation today.

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