Trunkline Magazine (Louisville Zoo) December 2018 - Page 17

Gray Seals Rona — female, age 4 Rona was born in 2014 at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Her arriv- al at the Louisville Zoo in 2016 was her first-time meeting sea lions! Boone — male, age 14 Minnow — male, age 30 Boone and Minnow came to Louisville from Chicago's Brook- field Zoo in May of 2018. Minnow is distinguishable by his arched Roman nose. Harbor Seals Tonie — female, age 16 Tonie was born in 2002. She was relocated from the Lincoln Chil- dren’s Zoo in Nebraska in 2010. Kash — male, age 6 Oskar — male, age 7 Kilian — male, age 5 These three harbor seals are the newest additions to the Glacier Run pinniped family. They all arrived from Miller Park Zoo in Illinois. They made their debut in Louisville in late October after a standard 30-day quarantine and time getting accus- tomed to their new habitat (as well as the other pinnipeds). Oskar is known at his previous Zoo for being a playful, energetic seal, and Kilian Harbor seals Oskar and Kash explore Glacier Run with sea lion Gremlin. was considered a “training star” who was always eager to interact. Kash’s keepers describe him as hav- ing a large attitude, saying when he isn’t interested in training, he may give his keepers the “side-eye” before swimming away. The pinnipeds are on exhibit rotation in Glacier Run in groups. This means that you may see several pinnipeds in the same group get- ting trained at one time. It would be natural to think that pinnipeds are grouped by species. However, the Louisville Zoo takes its animal management cues from the rem- nant wild where it is not unusual to see some species of seals and Left: Harbor seal Kilian enjoys a fishy treat. Below: California sea lion Bart basks in the sunlight. sea lions sharing the same beach. At the Zoo, creating a group for any Zoo mammal is dependent how well they interact. Keepers must carefully observe the animals’ behaviors to see if they seem ready and willing to be introduced to each other. Keepers will facilitate slow and safe introductions primarily by allowing animals to see and smell each other through “howdy doors,” small mesh windows built into their indoor pools. Continual monitor- ing takes place to look for signals that individuals are not compatible in a family group. Members of the group may also change when any breeding recommendations are received from their Species Survival Plan coordinators. We hope you will come visit our active pinniped ambassadors this winter in Glacier Run. And, as you are celebrating the holidays, please remember that you can help all pinnipeds by recycling your wrap- ping paper, packaging and other plastic items, minimizing use of plastic bags, and making sure your items are disposed of properly. Litter can end up in our waterways and then into our oceans and be- come harmful to species vulnerable to that pollution. Also, be sure to check out seafoodwatch.com for ways to keep your family dinners pinniped friendly! Louisville Zoo Trunkline • Winter 2018 • 17