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Henry Doorly Zoo gives behind-the-scenes tour of new sea lion exhibit

Gemini, 9, and her pup, born Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Courtesy of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo...
Gemini, 9, and her pup, born Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Courtesy of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium) (WOWT)
Published: Jun. 18, 2020 at 8:45 AM CDT
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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has resumed work on the sea lion exhibit. The Zoo was live to give an update.

The Zoo re-opened following pandemic concerns on

At the last report, the Zoo's state of the art sea lion exhibit was scheduled to be unveiled

Construction on the seal lion exhibit began in Fall 2018.

The sea lion's new home is a 27.5 million dollar oasis where the bears used to be. According to the Zoo, the new sea lion exhibit will offer a one of a kind, ocean simulated experience for the sea lions.

Progress on the exhibit has continued as expected by the zoo.

The goal was to create a stimulating experience for the animal's welfare. Additions like a pupping beach, realistic wave machines, warm and cool zones, and hunting-like fish feedings are all coming along.

Six sea lions currently reside at the Zoo and a seventh is on the way from California. The exhibit is designed for 10, the Zoo says they want room to grow.

Along with the animal's welfare, the Zoo also wanted to highlight the sea lion's to the public.

Director Dennis Pate says the sea lions are like underwater ballerinas and he hopes this exhibit will give them the attention they deserve.