Dozer the walrus returns to Tacoma to charm the female walruses
TACOMA, Wash. -- The 3,450-pound walrus named Dozer is back at Tacoma's Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium to attract his fellow female walruses, according to a Point Defiance news release.
The Pacific walrus from SeaWorld San Diego is in town to hopefully impregnate one, or all three, of the zoo's female walruses Joan, Basilla and Kulusiq.
According to the release, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is a leader in the study of walrus reproduction.
Pacific walruses are considered a "vulnerable" species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and are on the edge of becoming endangered.
Shrinking sea ice as a result of climate change poses a serous threat to the animals that use ice as platforms for resting, giving birth and nursing their calves, according to the release.
Dozer was popular at the zoo and aquarium while he was on a breeding loan from November 2016 through June 2017.