TAMPA — If you hear barking coming from inside the Lowry Park Zoo, don't think it has gone to the dogs.
An exhibit called Sea Lion Splash is coming to the zoo starting March 1.
The attraction will feature a colony of coastal sea lions, daily presentations (educational shows) and an outdoor activity area. Sea Lion Splash will showcase a rotating group of three to five aquatic ambassadors representing both California and Patagonia sea lions.
As the sea lions charm the audience, zoo guests will learn about the variety of life along the coasts of Mexico and Central and South America and conserving natural habitats for the charismatic creatures, according to a news release from the zoo.
Sea lions are highly intelligent animals that can be trained to demonstrate natural behaviors on cue, the release said. Presentations will include the sea lions displaying their natural talents with flips, barks and the like.
Just beyond the splash zone, there will be a bounce house and inflated slide for the kids, a giant sandbox, a specialty gift shop, interactive sea lion photo opportunities (for an additional fee) and pool party-inspired food and beverages.
Admission to Sea Lion Splash is $2 in addition to general admission, which daily is $24.95 for adults, $22.95 for seniors, and $19.95 for children 3-11. There are also annual passes that include a range of perks.
The exhibit will be around for three months, closing May 31.