Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission: $12 Adults, $7 Child
Ice Age, Seal & Sea Lion Pool & entrance open on Saturday
DES MOINES, Iowa (March 13, 2012) – Iowa’s Blank Park Zoo is set to open three new areas this Saturday, March 17. These areas include the Rocky Shores Seal and Sea Lion pool, a new entrance through Blank Park and a temporary Ice Age Mammals exhibit.
“The seal and sea lion pool is a new centerpiece for Blank Park Zoo. The pool is a huge upgrade both for the animals and our visitors,” said Mark Vukovich, CEO of Blank Park Zoo.
This $1.3 million pool features several new guest amenities including underwater viewing of the animals, signs and interactive displays and a new overlook into the pool. Features that will benefit the animals include two giant shade structures, a deeper pool, and a redesigned island that will be used for demonstrations. Two young harbor seals will be joining the animals this spring. The animals are currently being acclimated to their new home and not yet ready to go on exhibit.
Ice Age Mammals also opens on March 17 and will be at the Zoo through June 10. The exhibit features a woolly mammoth, saber tooth tigers, megatherium and others. The exhibit is free with regular admission and free for Blank Park Zoo members.
Guests will also be encouraged to enter Blank Park Zoo through the new entrance, located approximately one block north of the current entrance on SW 9th street.
The redesigned park features a new waterfall and pond, a new shelter house, overlook, picnic area, playground and area for a future animal exhibit.
Here is a list of special activities throughout the day on Saturday, March 17:
· 10:00 a.m. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Sea Lion Pool
· 11:30 a.m. Seal & Sea Lion Training session with zookeeper autograph session following.
· 3:30 p.m. Seal & Sea Lion Training session with zookeeper autograph session following.
· Throughout the day: visor craft and coloring activity, Seafood Watch game, and a seal vs. sea lion game.
Last year, Blank Park Zoo added the David Kruidenier Australia Adventure and a new behind-the-scenes animal holding facility.
About Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo, Iowa’s WILDEST Adventure, will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. this winter. Winter admission rates are $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12, and $5 for seniors and active military. Children two years and under and Blank Park Zoo members are free. The Zoo is located at 7401 SW 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50315. Visit the Zoo online at . The Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) The AZA is America’s leading accrediting organization that sets rigorous, professional standards for zoos and aquariums. The AZA is building North America's largest wildlife conservation movement by engaging and inspiring the 143 million annual visitors to its member institutions and their communities to care about and take action to help protect wildlife.