Pacific Walrus
Pacific Walrus
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ABout Pacific Walrus

Their scientific name is Latin for “tooth-walking sea horse.”

Although their bodies appear very cumbersome, they are very agile in the water and swim very gracefully. Walrus are very social animals, and a group of walrus is called a herd or pod.

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FACTS & STATISTICS
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average size
7.25-11.5ft in length, up to 1.5 tons
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native region
Arctic Circle, Northern seas
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eating habits
Clams, mussels
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Conservation status
Least concern
Distinguishing characteristics

Currently the larger of the Zoo's two walrus and weighs around 1,400 pounds; she has no tusks because hers were removed due to an infection

Fun Facts

Aurora acts as a surrogate mother figure to Pakak. She is attentive to him. She is curious by nature and likes to learn new things. An interesting behavior Aurora has is sucking on her flippers.

Distinguishing characteristics

Smaller than Aurora; will grow to nearly 3,000 pounds as an adult; his tusks are beginning to develop

Fun Facts

Pakak was found stranded off the Alaska coast when he was just an infant. His name means "one who gets into everything," which is very fitting! He is very curious about his surroundings and he is a fast learner.

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Come see for yourself.

Look no further. Connect with our amazing animals and learn about the wild places they come from.

Additional Experiences
Walrus Chat

Join our Oceans staff in front of the Pacific walrus exhibit for one of our newest chats.

Only a few walruses live among zoos and aquariums in the United States and you’ll learn more about the two living at Indianapolis Zoo! Although walruses are very large — males can grow up to 3,000 pounds — they’re incredibly agile, as you’ll see during this demonstration. Plus, you’ll learn how you can help protect our fin-footed friends in the wild. If you can’t make it to the Zoo for our daily chat, tune in to our webcam!

Current Chat Time: Out of season

Training Time with our Walrus

Get an inside look at one of our daily walrus training sessions and see the special bond shared between walrus Pakak and trainer Erika.

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The Pacific Walrus is located in the Oceans Exhibit.
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