Aku

male Pacific walrus (O. r. divergens)

wild caught on June 17th, 2017

living at Indianapolis Zoo

Ancestors and Descendants

No known related animals at this time.

Transfer History

  1. capture 2017-Jun-17 in Nome, Alaska

  2. transfer 2017-Jun-17 to Alaska SeaLife Center

  3. transfer 2017-Oct to SeaWorld Orlando

  4. transfer 2019-Nov-13 to Indianapolis Zoo

Physical Data

The dates listed here generally represent the time at which the measurements were published, not necessarily the date on which they were taken.

Weight

  • 2017-Jun-17: 120 lbs

  • 2017-Jul-05: 142 lbs

Length

  • 2020-Dec-04: 7'6"

Image Gallery

No images available at this time.

Identifiers

Local

Regional

  • #96 (Association of Zoos and Aquariums)

Notes and Information

This pup was rescued off the coast of Nome, Alaska after being discovered on a barge on June 14th. He was estimated to be two weeks old at the time.

His right eye was injured at the Alaska SeaLife Center, causing immediate blindness -- at some point while housed at SeaWorld Orlando, the eye was removed entirely.

Aku was transferred to SeaWorld Orlando two weeks prior to October 31st, 2017. His last day on public display at the SeaLife Center was on October 15th, though I'm not certain of the exact date that he was transferred.

References

  • Indianapolis Zoo (personal communication with Michael Q.)

  • 2020-Dec-04. Indianapolis Zoo. How Big is a Walrus? Retrieved from YouTube.com.

  • 2018-Jan-08. Lisa Oland. AZA Regional Studbook.

  • 2005-Apr-25. Jodie Baker. 2004 North American Regional Walrus Studbook.