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DID YOU KNOW THAT SPARKY’S BEEN A STAR FOR DECADES?
Sparky the Sea Lion made her debut as Como Zoo’s aquatic animal ambassador back in 1956, and now she’s sharing the spotlight. With the launch of the new SPIRE Sparky Show, visitors have been getting to know all of Como’s marine mammals—sea lions Subee, Poppy and Niko, harbor seals Kash and Kilian, and Atlantic gray seals Stanley and Wallace—as they take star turns showcasing their natural behaviors and native curiosity at the KSTP Amphitheater at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily.
DID YOU KNOW COMO HAS A JAPANESE TEA HOUSE?
One of Como’s treasures often comes as a complete surprise to new visitors—the charming Japanese Tea House nestled into the shade of the Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden. Designed to mimic a rustic 16th century Japanese farm house, the sukiya-style house embodies a Japanese aesthetic known as wabi sabi—a belief that transience, time, impermanence and imperfection add beauty to an object.