Once thought to be extinct in Singapore, wild otters are making a comeback to the urban city state.

There are more and more sightings of wild otters in Singapore in recent years. There are two species of otters in SG – smooth-coated otters and Asian small-clawed otters. Their diet consist of fish, frogs, crabs, turtles etc.

People are excited to see them especially in the urban jungle where sightings of wild animals are rare. Kids are especially thrilled to see wild otters and here are some places that they have been spotted recently and you can try your luck:

#1 Bishan Park

#2 Coney Island

#3 Kallang River

#4 Marina Reservoir / Gardens By the Bay
family of otters at marina reservoir

#5 MacRitchie Reservoir

#6 Pandan Reservoir

#7 Punggol Waterway
otters in singapore

#8 Sentosa

#9 Singapore River

#10 Sungei Buloh


Of course, luck may not always be on your side to spot them and the only way to really see them without disappointing your kids is to visit one of the parks by Wildlife Reserves Singapore:

# Night Safari

# River Safari
otter in river safari

# Singapore Zoo


If you see wild otters, do follow the guidelines by NParks below for a pleasant experience for both you and the otters. You can also help the on-going research on the otters of Singapore by recording your sightings at http://mammal.sivasothi.com.

NParks Otter Sign