The Indianapolis Zoo Welcomes Two New Walruses
INDIANAPOLIS -- You can now see two new energetic additions to the Oceans area at the Indianapolis Zoo.
A male walrus named Aku and a female walrus named Ginger have spent the last two years together in Florida, now, they're calling Indianapolis their home.
Aku was rescued by the Alaska SeaLife Center in Nome, Alaska, after being separated from his mom. Ginger was born at SeaWorld Orlando, where the two first met.
ADORABLE ALERT! We're excited to introduce two new additions. Aku & Ginger are a male-female pair of 2-yr-old Pacific walrus who arrived earlier this week. Read their stories » https://t.co/4T4LLgPMlu Then come meet them in our Oceans area. pic.twitter.com/dA53xqtpm6
— Indianapolis Z🎅🤶 (@IndianapolisZoo) November 15, 2019
As part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan recommendations through its cooperative breeding program, walruses Aurora and Pakak, who previously called the Zoo their home, were moved this week.
Aurora went to SeaWorld Orlando to breed, and Pakak moved to Point Defiance Zoo in Washington to be reunited with a walrus he spent time with when he was young before coming to Indianapolis.
Both Aku and Ginger enjoy playing together, making a lot of loud barks, and can be seen from the two walrus viewing areas. You can tell them apart because Aku only has one eye. He lost one from an injury that happened after he was rescued, said the Zoo.
Walrus are found in only four zoos and aquariums in the United States.
(Photo: Indianapolis Zoo/Carla Knapp)