The Louisville Zoo and Mayor Jerry Abramson gave their final “seal of approval” to the Zoo’s new Seal and Sea Lion Habitat at Glacier Run during a public Grand Opening Wednesday. “The Louisville Zoo is known for its award-winning, innovative exhibits and Glacier Run continues that tradition with a world-class zoo experience right here in our own back yard,” Abramson said. “Glacier Run is an investment that will provide a major boost to our community and region’s quality of life and will be a tourism attraction for years to come.”
In September 2008, the Zoo began construction on the Glacier Run Village, the “heart” of Glacier Run, which now features pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) and will feature polar bears in the spring of 2011.
“Our Seal and Sea Lion Habitat offers a high-quality, exciting experience that fundamentally advances your Zoo’s mission of ‘bettering the bond between people and our planet’ through education, recreation and quality family fun,” Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak said. “This exhibit gives visitors a unique opportunity to connect with playful and intelligent seals and sea lions through interactive Zoo keeper trainings and fun, educational presentations.”
To date, the Zoo’s Glacier Run Capital Campaign Steering Committee has raised more than $24 million for the entire project—the most ever raised for a single capital campaign in the Zoo’s 41-year history. The Zoo continues its efforts to raise the approximately $3 million remaining to complete the other originally planned components of Glacier Run, which will include polar bears, Steller’s sea eagles, sea otters and an animal sanctuary.