FIRST BANK SEA LION SHOWS BEGIN MARCH 14 WITH “SPRING TRAINING”
The sea lions of summer are back and reporting to “Spring Training” starting Saturday, March 14 at the Saint Louis Zoo’s First Bank Sea Lion Show.
Special guest Brad Thompson, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and current co-host of “The Fast Lane” on 101ESPN, will toss out the “first fish” at the 1 p.m. show on March 14.
Spring Training shows are at 1 and 3 p.m. daily March 14-29. Timed tickets are $2 per person. Children under two are free.
These “Fish League” practices even include a few baseball-themed activities for the animal athletes — Cardinals-inspired, of course! The trainers are working with the intelligent pinnipeds on hurdle and high jumps, flipper walks, balancing acts, high dives, Frisbee tosses and other acrobatic and athletic behaviors.
Opening Day is Saturday, April 4 with performances at 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only through May 17. Daily summer shows run Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, May 22-Sept. 7, at 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., with an additional show at 4:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays in summer. Timed tickets for these shows are $4 per person. Children under two are free.
Tickets may be purchased at the Sea Lion Show ticket booth. Zoo members may redeem their Anywhere passes for timed tickets at a Welcome Desk or at the Sea Lion Show ticket booth.
Sea Lion Sound
The Lichtenstein Sea Lion Arena includes an 811-seat amphitheater, the large Ann Lux Family Stage, a 40,000-gallon see-through pool, a rock bridge extending into the audience and a high diving platform and slide — all designed to show off the sea lions’ natural abilities.
The Sea Lion Sound habitat, which opened on June 30, 2012, is home to 10 California sea lions and a harbor seal. In addition to the show arena, the exhibit also includes the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Family Sea Lion Landing and features a spectacular 35-foot-long underwater walk-through tunnel. Above water at Sea Lion Landing, public feedings take place at 11:15 a.m., 1:45 and 3:30 p.m. daily. Admission to Sea Lion Sound is free.