Ground Breaking Ceremony for Como’s Seal & Sea Lion Exhibit June 7

Ground Breaking Ceremony for Como’s Seal & Sea Lion Exhibit


Mayor Melvin Carter
Representative Alice Hausman
Representative John Lesch
City Council Member Samantha Henningson
Como Friends President Jackie Sticha
Como Friends Board Chair Susan Roeder
Como Friends Board Member Erik Ordway
Parks Director Mike Hahm
Lancer Hospitality President Glenn Baron
Como Campus Manager Michelle Furrer

WHAT: Ground breaking ceremony for Como Park Zoo & Conservatory’s new seal and sea lion habitat, Como Harbor.

The seals and sea lions exhibit at Como Zoo has been a fixture for over 60 years. The “Sparky Show”’ which began in 1956, has become one of Como’s most popular attractions, sharing fun, educational messages with thousands of visitors each day. Every year nearly 500,000 students from across the region visit to learn about nature, conservation, and animal care straight from Como’s beloved ambassador, Sparky.

The new exhibit will provide year-round indoor and outdoor use that will meet or exceed all regulatory and animal care requirements.

The 2017 Minnesota Legislature awarded a $15 million bonding appropriation for the asset preservation of the Seal and Sea Lion Habitat. Como Friends, the non-profit partner of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory will raise the remaining $5 million needed for the new Como Harbor habitat.

Improvements like Como Harbor would not be possible without the highly successful public-private partnership between Como Friends and Como Park Zoo & Conservatory and an example of what can happen when you pair public investment from the Minnesota State Legislature and City of Saint Paul with private support though Como Friends.

WHEN: Thursday, June 7th at 3:00PM

VISUALS: On the site of the old Monkey Island, later renamed Seal Island, dignitaries will break ground on the new exhibit slated to open in 2019

WHERE: On the zoo grounds of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive – Saint Paul, 55103


Seal and Sea Lion