Beginning May 7, the SPIRE Sparky Show will run daily at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the new KSTP Amphitheater at Como Harbor.
After diving into her new home at Como Harbor, Sparky the sea lion is getting ready after a four year break to make her big debut on May 7. Como Friends and Como Park Zoo and Conservatory are happy to announce a new partnership with SPIRE Credit Union, as the title sponsor of the SPIRE Sparky Show!
“I, along with many Minnesotans, have wonderful memories visiting Como Park Zoo & Conservatory as a youngster and now take my grandchildren there,” says Dan Stoltz, president/CEO of SPIRE, the new presenting sponsor of the Sparky show, which got its start back in 1956. “I know people of all ages enjoy this regional treasure and will for many years to come. In SPIRE’s mission to improve lives and give back, we are grateful to partner with this wonderful organization.”.
For more than 65 years, “Sparky the Sea Lion” has been a beloved Minnesota tradition, teaching generations of children to care about seals and sea lions in the wild. As Como evolved, Sparky became a conservation ambassador, with a show that teaches visitors everything from the value of recycling to protecting marine mammals from plastic pollution.
In June of 2021, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory opened Como Harbor, a preeminent new seals and sea lions habitat. This fabulous addition in the heart of Como Zoo has modern updates to improve the comfort of visitors, expanded opportunities for people to engage with the eight seals and sea lions, and is a best in-class habitat for the care of the animals, including Sparky.