Now that we've finished the thirtieth and final ZooBoo, you may be wondering "what's next?"
Sparky is getting a new $18.5 million home! When complete, it'll have a more natural Northwest Pacific coast landscape, a bigger pool with a transparent wall facing the audience and more shade for the public and animals. There will also be a separate, lower level underwater viewing area.
The footprint for the new project will take space where the amphitheater is, and what is currently Seal Island. Seal Island was originally built as Monkey Island, it was a WPA period project and in the late '70s was converted to house these animals. And it really doesn't have the infrastructure needed to house the seals. Federal regulations for keeping the animals are also changing, requiring more room and salt water pools.
Sneak preview below, get a look at the vision for summer of 2019!