Mango is a female Atlantic harbor seal that lives at Oceans of Fun Hershey Park in Hershey, Pennsylvania and the mother of Cocoa.
Mango joined the Oceans of Fun family at the end of April 2015 and this female Atlantic harbor seal has been a wonderful addition to the colony! Mango is one of our rescued animals and was approximately 1-2 months old when she stranded off the coast of Maine. She was brought to the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center where she quickly earned the nickname “Boomerang” because she would continue to approach people after released and would be readmitted to the center. After stranding three times, she was deemed non-releasable and in December 2006 was transported to the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) at Brookfield Zoo.
CZS laid the foundation for Mango’s training where she learning approximately 50 different behaviors! Her main focus was on learning husbandry or voluntary medical behaviors which we have continued to advance at our sister facility in Hershey, PA where Mango currently resides. These husbandry behaviors allow Mango to voluntarily present flippers for blood draws, lay still for x-rays, have her teeth brushed, and even present her belly for ultrasounds! By practicing these procedures, it makes any medical work completely restraint free and allows our animal care team to provide all of our animals with the best possible welfare.