Pacific Walrus
Pacific Walrus
ABout Pacific Walrus

Our Walrus are currently off exhibit and will return in 2024!

Walrus have a thick layer of blubber that allow them to thrive in frigid waters.

Both male and female walrus have tusks, which can grow up to three feet long. These tusks allow walrus to haul their heavy bodies out of the water onto the sea ice.

Oceans Stamp
average size
7.25-11.5 feet in length, up to 3,300 lbs.
native region
Arctic Circle, Northern seas
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eating habits
Clams, mussels
Conservation status
Distinguishing characteristics

Light brown in coloration with long vibrissae, Aku lost his right eye after an injury that occurred shortly after he was rescued.

Fun Facts

Aku was rescued in Nome, Alaska, after being separated from his mom. He was found by gold miners on the deck of a barge. The name Aku means “stern of boat” in the Inupiaq language (Native Alaskan).

Distinguishing characteristics

Smaller than Aku, Ginger has a reddish coloration and short vibrissae.

Fun Facts

Born at SeaWorld Orlando, Ginger is very fond of Aku as the two are almost always together.

Come see for yourself.

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

New Pacific walrus exhibit coming soon in the Oceans area!
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Additional Experiences
Walrus Chat
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Join our Oceans staff in front of the Pacific walrus exhibit for one of our newest chats.

*Returning in 2024!*

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.

Conservation Efforts for Pacific Walrus

What Can You Do?

Everyone has the power to help save wild things and wild places. That power is your individual voice, your awareness and your actions. So in addition to visiting the Zoo and meeting our animal ambassadors, here are a few simple suggestions that will help save their counterparts in the wild.

  • Reduce the energy consumption in your home by unplugging electronics and small appliances when they’re not in use, and by adjusting your thermostat 2 degrees up in the summer and down in the winter.
  • Drive smart and drive less. Shut off your car when it will sit idle for more than 10 seconds, like in the drive-thru or when loading/unloading passengers. Carpool and take mass transit when you can.
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.

Animal Amigo
Sponsor a Walrus

The Animal Amigo program helps care for all of the animals at the Zoo by funding food, medical treatment, equipment, enrichment toys, and habitat improvement for the animals in our care. For a donation of $100 or more, you can sponsor a walrus at the Indianapolis Zoo. You will receive a plush, collector card, certificate and recognition on the Animal Amigo donor board!

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