Yep, you can call him Al! And he’s getting an extreme makeover home edition! thanks to donations totaling $75,000 from Bob and Ellie DeVries and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Al is said to be about 75 years old. He has lived at the zoo since 1984, and his exhibit area hasn’t been renovated since then. The exhibit area isn’t heated, so when the weather gets too cool, he must be housed elsewhere… or did… not anymore!
Al’s renovated space will include a heated shelter and a new pool, so he will be able to spend more time outdoors. He’ll be on exhibit when daytime temperatures reach 50 degrees.