Diane Tomecek, President & CEO
Diane began her non-profit career with The Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado. Diane’s skill at problem solving and attention to fine detail combined with her big-picture outlook make her an asset to nonprofit organizations.
Diane has spent the last fourteen years working and volunteering for many nonprofits including The Butterfly Pavilion, Family Tree, Inc., The Colorado Mountain Club, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Downtown Aquarium, The Community Resource Center, The River Otter Alliance and, most recently, The Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Via these nonprofit organizations, Diane has gained valuable experience regarding the nonprofit industry giving her the skills to succeed in a leadership position with the Sea Otter Foundation & Trust.
In her free time, Diane enjoys maintaining a Facebook page and blog dedicated to otter education and she is making it a personal mission to visit every zoological facility that has sea otters. She only has a few left! She enjoys long-distance running, animal and landscape photography and traveling to new locales.
We are excited to introduce two new stuffed animal sea otters into our family of adoptable plush otters.
Chloe is sweet & cuddly and would love to come home with you. Chloe makes her home along the California coast & has contributed to the growing population of sea otters there as she has given birth to two sea otter pups.
Otto is a bit rough & tumble as he is from the northern sea otter population along the British Columbia coast. He would make a great addition to any family as long as they have a sustainable amount of clams & crabs – Otto’s favorite foods.
Sea otters live in the North Pacific Ocean (North of the Tropic of Cancer). River otters live in rivers and spend their time along the accompanying riverbanks.
There are 13 species of otter throughout the world; 12 are river otters; 1 is the sea otter.
Sea otters tend to swim on their backs while river otters tend to swim on their stomachs.
Sea otters eat foods found in the Pacific Ocean like sea urchins, crabs, sea stars, clams, mussels & shrimp. River otters eat foods found in their river habitats such as fish, crayfish, shrimp, crabs, and even frogs.
We are proud to announce our 2019 funding grant award recipients:
• The Marine Mammal Center – purchase of a sea otter life-history tag
• Oregon Zoo – purchase of a scientific laboratory oven for drying sea otter samples
• Sealife Response, Rehabilitation & Research – purchase of equipment to rescue Washington coast stranded sea otters
• Research studies from graduate & undergraduate students:
o Draven Hawk, University of California Santa Cruz: studying mercury contamination in southern sea otters
o Richard Grewelle, Stanford University Hopkins Marine Station: development of a scientific assay testing for a new pathogen in the southern sea otter population
• Zoological Facilities: Reimbursement for one staff member from each facility to attend the Otter Keeper Workshop
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas (New Orleans, LA, USA)