Wild Arctic Welcomes Uquq the Walrus!November 23, 2018
Joining our Wild Arctic walrus “huddle,” or group of walruses, is newcomer Uquq (pronounced “uk-uk”).
She’s a 24-year old female that was orphaned as a calf near Gambell, Alaska when she was only a few months old. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that she would not be able to survive on her own and placed her in the care of a zoological institution for long-term care located in northern California.
Uquq arrived here at SeaWorld San Diego on Nov. 11th and has been getting along well with her new friends and fellow Wild Arctic walrus residents, Chouchou, Mitik and Dozer. We are lucky to home 4 of the 14 walruses living in accredited zoos and aquariums across the United States, and are working towards creating genetically diverse and sustainable walrus populations, both in our care and in the wild.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), walruses are now considered threatened as the arctic region continues to warm twice as fast as the rest of the planet. We hope to continue educating and inspiring guests on a daily basis, and look forward to featuring our entire huddle December 2-8 for Walrus Awareness Week!