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Providence: Roger Williams Park Zoo’s two resident harbor seals, Bubba and Action, have returned home after a summer vacation at Aquarium of Niagara Falls. The plan to temporarily move the seals came after their habitat went under some routine maintenance earlier in the year. During the process, a viewing window was compromised. It was then determined that structural issues needed to be corrected before reopening the exhibit.
The zoo received an overwhelming amount of support from its guests and members, who love to watch Bubba and Action frolic and play within their habitat. The zoo released, “Because of you and over 8,000 of Action and Bubba’s biggest fans, we raised over $65,000 to bring our boys home. In addition to the overwhelming community support, we also received donations from several foundations, including the Rhode Island Foundation, corporations, and an anonymous donor match of $50,000, making the total funds raised over $125,000.”
The donations received from the zoo’s “Seal Appeal: Bring The Boys Home” campaign went toward construction of the updated habitat as well as new elements for the seals, including an improved water filtration system and refurbishments to the boys’ indoor holding facilities. The new construction has also brought improvements to viewing windows and upper desk observation for guests.
Roger Williams Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the country, set in a lush 40-acre park setting. The zoo has been accredited by the AZA since 1986 and is celebrated for its world class animal care and education initiatives. To learn more about this zoo and to plan your visit to see these adorable seals in person, click here.