June 29, 2012

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FIRST BANK SEA LION SHOW OPENS IN NEW AMPHITHEATER
AT SAINT LOUIS ZOO

Featuring rock bridge, diving platform and slide for the playful marine mammals

The Sea Lions are back to strut their stuff! A top-rated Saint Louis Zoo attraction, theFirst Bank Sea Lion Show opens June 30 in Sea Lion Sound, with its new Lichtenstein Sea Lion Arena – an 811-seat amphitheater, featuring the large Ann Lux Family Stage and a rock bridge extending into the audience. These features offer an up-close look at these playful animals.

There’s more! You can watch the Zoo’s sea lions show off Olympic-style dives on a high-diving platform that is inches away from the audience. They’ll also fly down a slippery slide to thrill spectators. For the first time at the Zoo, you’ll get a look at sea lions swimming underwater in the 39,000-gallon acrylic saltwater pool surrounding the stage. All these features are designed to show off the sea lions’ intelligence and natural abilities. They’ll thrill you with their powerful swimming, flipper walks, balancing acts, Frisbee tosses and lots of splashing.

For even greater audience comfort, the arena also offers 600 yards of fabric to provide shade and rain protection.

The Zoo’s five experienced sea lion stars – Roby, Rosie, Bennie, Dixi and Nikki – will make their way back to the stage for the 2012 season.

Beginning June 30, Sea Lion Shows will be at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. daily in summer with an additional show at 5 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, Independence Day and Labor Day. Beginning September 4 through October 28, the shows will be on weekends only. Timed tickets are $4 per person at the ticket booth and Welcome Desks on the day of show. Children under 2 are free. Zoo members may redeem their Anywhere passes for timed tickets.

Located in the center of the Zoo, the new 1.5-acre Sea Lion Sound also features a transparent tunnel – the first in North America – and a landscape inspired by the rugged Pacific Northwest Coast.

This $18 million habitat and arena for 11 California sea lions includes Enterprise Rent-A-Car Family Sea Lion Landing – a spacious, year-round outdoor pool and habitat – featuring varying depths of water and rocky outcroppings. The landing is the site for sea lion feeding and training. A harbor seal is expected to join the sea lions at Sea Lion Landing later this summer. Daily feedings are set for 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission to feedings is free.

About the Saint Louis Zoo
Named America’s #1 Zoo by Zagat Survey and Parenting Magazine, the Saint Louis Zoo is widely recognized for its innovative approaches to animal management, wildlife conservation, research and education. One of the few free zoos in the nation, it attracts about 3,000,000 visitors a year. For more information, visit www.stlzoo.org, www.facebook.com/stlzoo, and www.twitter.com/stlzoo.

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