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David Livingstone Birthplace’s Otterly Cute! Resource

Download this free teaching resource from David Livingstone Birthplace to make your own cuddling parent and baby otter.

Suitable for: KS2, KS3

Subjects: Art & Design, Biology, Science


Learn more about otters!

Did you know that some species of otters are endangered? There are 13 different types of otter and they live all over the world. In Scotland, you are most likely to see wild otters on the West Coast and Islands, and these are Eurasian Otters. There are around 10,300 of these otters in the UK and most of them live in Scotland. Their population has been gradually increasing for the last 25 years – which is great news!

Unfortunately, there are types of otter in other parts of the world who are endangered. Like sea otters who were hunted for their fur in the 19th Century and nearly made extinct! These days, they are under threat for many reasons: the fur trade, destruction of habitat, oil spills and fishing nets. They are found in Canada, Russia, Japan and the USA.

Use this template to make your own cuddling parent and baby otter. Just cut the shapes out and attach the arms and legs using paper fasteners – or just with glue if you don’t have paper fasteners.

Fun Facts About Sea Otters

  • Unlike most marine mammals, sea otters don’t have a layer of blubber (fat) to keep them warm.
  • Instead, they have the thickest coat in the animal kingdom: up to 150,000 strands of hair per square centimetre
  • When otters sleep, they wrap themselves in seaweed and float in a group called a “raft”.
  • Sea otters sometimes use tools (like rocks and shells) to eat their food – very well mannered!
  • A group of otters can be called a “romp” or a “bevvy”.


Suitable for: KS2, KS3

Subjects: Art & Design, Biology, Science

Topics: Animals, Living Things & Habitats, Conservation

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About David Livingstone Birthplace.

The David Livingstone Trust (DLT) includes the Listed Building of his birth, surrounding parkland, and the 2,000 piece David Livingstone collection.

David Livingstone’s Birthplace is a dynamic visitor experience where people can learn about and be inspired by Livingstone’s story, his childhood home and their collection.

Today they continue Livingstone’s mission by enabling people from Scotland, Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond to engage in intercultural dialogue and participate in the world as active global citizens.