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Brookfield Zoo's three bottlenose dolphins will be going for a temporary visit to another AZA-accredited zoo while their home, Seven Seas, gets a makeover beginning in September. Dolphin shows are suspended for the remainder of the summer as dolphin trainers work to prepare the three dolphins for their trip. Seven Seas will be renovated and upgraded while they are away. The exhibit is set to reopen in the Spring of 2010—a significant year because it will mark 50 years of dolphin care and residency at Brookfield Zoo.

The updated dolphinarium will feature a new fiberglass pool liner and life support system that will help marine mammal staff continue to provide top-of-the-line care for the dolphins, mother Tapeko and siblings Noelani and Allison.

Zoo guests will be able to wave goodbye to their marine mammal friends all summer long from the underwater viewing area during zoo hours and from the dolphinarium from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. 

And back from popular demand, there will be sea lion and harbor seal training sessions at Pinniped Point daily at 12:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

  • To ensure a smooth transition into their temporary home, a team of CZS trainers will be traveling and living on-site with the dolphins in their new city during the nine-month renovation.
  • While they’re away, dolphin fans will be able to check in on the dolphins by visiting www.CZS.org or the Zoo's Facebook site, where the trainers will send postcards on how the dolphins are doing.