Museum of Discovery and Science welcomes its new North American River Otter Ambassador “Terry”

The Museum of Discovery and Science announced today that it will officially welcome its new North American River Otter to the Museum’s otter family on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Terry the Otter Homecoming Celebration begins with a special introductory “splash-down” in the otter habitat by Terry at 12:30 p.m. Additional otter-related activities for the entire family will occur throughout the day.

Terry the Otter is named in honor of Terry Stiles, who was one of the Museum’s founding trustees and a huge fan of our otters!  The otters always held a very special place in Mr. Stiles’ heart and he provided support for their programs.  Terry the Otter will be making his debut in conjunction with the opening weekend of the new traveling exhibit “Rescue” locally sponsored by Holy Cross Hospital.

Terry the Otter is a healthy male weighing almost 18 lbs., is approximately two to three years old, and was rescued from Louisiana. The Museum follows AZA husbandry protocols, which requires a 30-day quarantine period for new animals. When he arrived, Terry was put in quarantine, during which he was kept separate from the other otters to ensure he did not have any maladies that could be transmitted to the other otters.  Terry passed the required quarantine period with flying colors. The Museum’s otter keepers have started teaching Terry the communication techniques the other otters know such as target, whistle, and shifting training. The purpose of this training is not for any kind of public performing, but enables the otter keepers to better communicate with Terry, thereby allowing them to provide the upmost care for him.  Terry is extremely intelligent and has quickly learned several behaviors. He is also slowly being introduced to each of the Museum’s otter family – Linus, Jaffar, and Joey.

“We are thrilled to welcome to the Museum our new North American River Otter, Terry, named in honor of the late Mr. Terry Stiles of Stiles Corporation, who was a member of the Museum’s Board of Trustees for more than 30 years.  He was a leader, philanthropist and pioneer of the greater Fort Lauderdale community. Terry the Otter is acclimating wonderfully to the Museum environment and he is now ready to meet visitors beginning on May 20! Please join me in giving a warm greeting to our newest Museum family member,” said Museum President/CEO Joe Cox.


Special Otter Homecoming Activities

Included with Exhibits Admission

Meet Joey the Otter Mascot
12:15 p.m. & 1:15 p.m.

Otter Masks
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Make your own otter mask as we introduce the newest member to the MODS family.

Otter Talks
1 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Learn about our otters and what it takes to care for them during this informational talk 1:00 and 2:00



The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 400,000 visitors annually. Major operational support for the Museum is provided through generous support by Leadership Guild members including JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Jet Blue and Wells Fargo.  

The Museum is open seven days a week, 365 days a year; Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Museum ticket prices are $16 for adults; $15 for seniors 65+; $13 for active/retired military personnel; $13 for children 2 to 12. Children under 2 are free. The Museum of Discovery and Science is located downtown at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information about the Museum, visitors should call 954.467.MODS (6637) or visit our web site at