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    Opening just last month, the new Glacier Run at the Louisville Zoo is now ready for visitors! The exhibit experience features Seal and Sea Lion Habitats as well as future entrants, polar bears in the spring of 2011 and eventually sea eagles and sea otters and an animal sanctuary.

     “Our Seal and Sea Lion Habitat offers a high-quality, exciting experience that fundamentally advances your Zoo’s mission of ‘bettering the bond between people and our planet’ through education, recreation and quality family fun,” Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak said. “This exhibit gives visitors a unique opportunity to connect with playful and intelligent seals and sea lions through interactive Zoo keeper trainings and fun, educational presentations.”

    According to the Louisville Zoo website, Glacier Run will be a truly unique experience where one can visit the animals, talk to the keepers about conservation and become temporarily immersed in life on the tundra. The exhibit will recreate the natural habitat for some of the Zoo’s most popular residents like polar bears, and the addition of species like the Steller’s sea eagles, reindeer and Arctic fox will add to the feeling of being surrounded by wildlife. The town of Glacier Run will include a schoolhouse and general store in addition to the newly opened amphitheater that makes viewing the seal and sea lion enrichment demonstrations more enjoyable.

    After a year and a half of construction, the Zoo is anticipating more than just visitors for this multifaceted expansion. At a cost of over 20 million dollars, the exhibit plans to have millions of dollars of impact on the local economy as well as bringing in hundreds of new jobs.

    The first four phases of Glacier Run have now opened. They include the expanded Australian Walkabout, the Calistoga Splash Park at Glacier Run, Alice S. Etscorn Tiger Tundra exhibit and Seal and Sea Lion Habitat.

    Be sure to check out the newest members of the Louisville community and their brand new home!

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