Trunkline Magazine (Louisville Zoo) September 2018 - Page 10

ZOO NEWS Hours Change Reminder Starting on Sept. 24, 2018, Louisville Zoo hours change to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (visit until 5 p.m.) KY Sales Tax Kentucky House Bill 487, effective July 1, 2018, requires us to add a 6% sales tax to Zoo admission, special events, Zoo memberships and other select items. If you have any general questions regarding KY sales tax, we encourage you to contact the KY Department of Revenue or visit their website for common questions. We are required to follow applicable laws and regulations as they relate to sales tax. Portions of some products and packages may not be taxable. For taxable products, you will see this notation: (plus tax). The Louisville Zoo is a non-profit organization. Water, Water Everywhere Thanks to the Louisville Water Foundation and Louisville Water Company, your Louisville Zoo water fountains have been upgraded to include snazzy new water bottle re-filling stations! Just hold your reusable water bottle in front of the sensor and the station will do the rest. Don’t have a reusable water bottle? Stop by our main gift shop and grab a souvenir bottle! Seals of a Different Color Boone Have you met Boone and Minnow yet? They’re our two new gray seals down in Glacier Run! Their Latin name Halichoerus grypus means “hooked-nose seal-pig!” Both seals arrived in May from the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. Both are big boys, weighing approximately 500 pounds each! Boone is a very dark gray while Minnow is lighter and has a prominent hump on his nose. So far, keepers say they both enjoy a big pile of ice to flop around in. The Louisville Zoo has a rich history with this species. Historically, eight pups have been born at the Louisville Zoo including the first set of gray seal twins ever documented in a managed program. Gray seals are distinguishable from harbor seals by their longer nose (sometimes described as a "Roman nose") and much larger size — about twice as large as harbor seals! Minnow 10 • Louisville Zoo Trunkline • Fall 2018 Did you know gray seals can also sleep underwater for 30 minutes at a time? Come see all this and more when you visit our new boys now on exhibit rotation in Glacier Run.