River Otters to Make Final Public Appearance at William Woods

The famed river otters, who have performed to the delight of countless audiences over the years, will make their final public appearance at William Woods University April 4.

Glen Chambers will bring his river otters to share their acrobatics and fun-loving personalities with the entire community. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Helen Stephens Sports Complex. Admission is free and open to the public.

Chambers was a career research biologist and cinematographer with the Missouri Department of Conservation until his retirement in 1995. Following his retirement, he continued his love of otters by providing educational programs with three generations of otters that he and his wife Jeannie raised in their home in Columbia.

Splash and Slide, his current otters, will be present “in person” at WWU for their last-ever appearance on April 4. Chambers, his river otters, and his assistant, “Otter Boy” Jon McRoberts, are retiring from the educational circuit.

Among the many honors and credits Chambers has won are three TV Emmy Awards for his film “Back to the Wild,” showing amazing footage of seven wildlife species brought back from complete or near extirpation in Missouri.

He also won second place for film “Where Eagles Soar”; a 3-Star award for the film “Forests of the Future”; a TV Emmy Award for the film “Glenn and his Geese,” and a Ducks Unlimited Distinguished Service Award.

He and his otters also were the subjects of a Missouri-filmed National Geographic Explorer television episode, “Otter Chaos.”

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear how river otters were reintroduced into Missouri and to watch these playful creatures swim in their see-through tank. The WWU biology program is sponsoring the presentation. For more information, contact Mary Spratt, professor of biology, at (573) 592-1143.