Welcome to Orlando, Aurora!November 14, 2019
Aurora, named for the Aurora Borealis (also known as the Northern Lights) was rescued on May 26, 1995 in Barrow, Alaska and arrived in Indianapolis with 3 other calves, where she received around the clock rehabilitation and care from the animal experts there. For the past 24 years, she has inspired and educated guests about the challenges facing walruses and their habitats.
Aurora is an amazing ambassador for her species. Millions of guests now love, and want to help protect walruses, because of meeting and learning about Aurora. She is quick to vocalize and raspberry at her trainers when she is feeling sassy.
Why is she coming to SeaWorld Orlando?
Aurora has proven to be a great maternal figure to two stranded calves in the past, and we are hopeful this will give her a chance to give birth to and raise her own calf. She will join Garfield, Kaboodle, and Kora at Wild Arctic and will be visible to guests daily beginning this week.
Why were these animals transported to different facilities?
SeaWorld parks across the country collaborate in the important work to promote the genetic diversity of walruses and other animals in professional care, enhance healthy populations, provide socialization between individuals and sustain the species through responsible breeding programs. There are 14 walruses in managed care in the United States; which makes it crucial for facilities to collaboratively sustain the population, provide opportunities for research, and continue connecting millions of people with these incredible animals.
Where are Aku and Ginger?
Aku and Ginger were relocated to Indianapolis Zoo where they will continue to live together.