Living Otter Ball Raises More Than $181,000


NEWPORT NEWS—The Virginia Living Museum recently announced the success of the 2021 Living Otter Ball: A Community Conservation Challenge, which was held April 12–May 20. Presented by TowneBank, the virtual campaign encouraged, inspired, and engaged community members to become ambassadors for conservation, biodiversity, education, and nature. Donors and sponsors throughout the community turned their passion into action and “adopted” a program, native animal, or educational experience of their choice.

Fully $181,964 was raised by more than 200 charitable community members for programs such as Lined Seahorse Species Survival Program, the VLM Green Teens, Envirothon Academic Competition, VLM Summer Camp, Adult Education Series, a new habitat for Sarge the Bobcat, to name a few.

The Museum’s accredited and award-winning exhibits, programs, and native animal care and welfare initiatives continue to strengthen and sustain local, regional, and national conservation and education projects, thanks to the collaborative efforts of many.

The Virginia Living Museum is a leader in the use of natural living exhibits (animals, plants, marine life, reptiles, amphibians, and birds) to present its mission—connecting people to nature through educational experiences that promote conservation. For additional information about the VLM, visit or call 757-595-1900.