Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is very pleased to announce the addition of a new Harbor seal to the park’s resident animal family.
The female seal, named Zoey, arrived at the park in mid-October after transport from another zoological facility. Zoey was originally rescued off the coast of Massachusetts on November 22nd, 2009, and deemed non-releasable due to reoccurring infections. She has most recently been cared for at the Aquarium of Niagara.
“We are very happy about this new addition,” states Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park’s President, Will Merrill III. “Zoey is the mother of Zara, a Harbor seal already living here at the Gulfarium, so we are excited to reunite and have them both with us.”
Zoey, who currently weighs 130lbs, gave birth to Zara on July 13th, 2017. “Zoey has acclimated to her new surroundings very well,” explains Bryan Martin, Director of Animal Management. “She arrived to us in great health and joined our group of 4 Harbor seals very quickly. Now that she has settled into her new habitat with our other seals, we are beginning a training program which includes husbandry and medical behaviors such as mouth examinations, and blood sampling in accordance with Gulfarium’s animal care.”
Visitors can view Zoey, along with 2-year old Zara, Milo, August and Ollie, in the Gulfarium’s Seal Harbor habitat.