Miller Park Zoo's Sea Lion headed to Louisville

By WEEK Reporter

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March 21, 2013 Updated Mar 21, 2013 at 9:43 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Miller Park Zoo announced Thursday that their nine-year-old female California Sea Lion, Gremlin, will depart for a new home at Kentucky’s Louisville Zoo on April 2.

The zoo says that going away activities will be held for Gremlin up until her departure, including a going away card for guests to sign. A few weeks after Gremlin’s departure for her new home, Miller Park Zoo will welcome two Harbor Seals.

Gremlin’s new home will be in the Louisville Zoo’s Glacier Run exhibit, a 108,000 gallon salt water Seal and Sea Lion habitat, and will provide the opportunity for her to interact with other animals.

The zoo says Sea Lions are social creatures, and Gremlin has been alone since her exhibit mate died in May 2011.

Gremlin’s habitat will only be empty for a couple of weeks for maintenance and repair, leading up to the arrival of two new one year old Harbor Seals, Kash and McGraw, that will occupy that exhibit space. The Zoo last displayed Harbor Seals in 2003.

A new Sea Lion/Seal exhibit is among the first projects planned for the initial phase of implementation of the Miller Park Zoo Master Plan. The new larger exhibit will include underwater viewing and amphitheater-style seating for animal demonstrations.

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