There’s one main reason why London Zoo and many other zoos and animal collections keep Small Clawed Otters.
It’s not the ongoing habitat loss:
It’s not the pollution which ruins their water:
It’s not the hunting:
It’s not that it’s listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of endangered species:
They are kept in captivity because they’re a social species and make an entertaining exhibit. Asian Small Clawed Otters live in extended family groups. They have just one breeding pair with the previous years’ youngsters helping to raise the young.
They are very entertaining:
Habitat loss, pollution, hunting and their vulnerable status are not.