Kovler Seal Pool

Kovler Seal Pool

Kovler Seal Pool’s open-air design includes underwater space with naturalistic rockwork and artificial kelp, underwater lighting to enhance viewing in the evening, and a terrestrial space that allows resident seals to choose between sunny and shady areas.

This habitat also helps teach visitors about Lincoln Park Zoo’s commitment to animal care, as guests can watch daily positive reinforcement training sessions that encourage the seals to participate in their own care. Narrated by a learning interpreter, these sessions involve keepers rewarding seals with preferred food items after completing specific tasks and movements.

Commitment to Care

Animals may not be visible at all times. To promote positive animal welfare, we provide animals with choices. They can choose to spend time in areas that are out of public view.

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Seal in exhibit

Daily Activities

Animal Care staff working with seal

Seal Training

11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Learn how positive reinforcement training benefits animal welfare.

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Wildlife face many daunting challenges—some global, like planet-wide climate change, and some that affect individuals, like an animal ingesting plastic—but now is not the time to despair. None of these problems are too big for us to come together and solve.

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