California Sea Lion

DIET: 
Fish, squid, octopi, crabs, clams, and lobsters

HABITAT: 
Pacific Ocean

DESCRIPTION: 
Sea lions, unlike seals, have small external flaps on their ears. These animals swim using their front legs, which work like flippers. To prevent water from entering the lungs, slits on the nostrils close when the sea lion goes underwater. Sea lions have a thick layer of fat, short, thick fur that is dark brown to buff-colored, and its dog-like head. The whiskers help the sea lion's sense of touch.   

DID YOU KNOW?:  
The California sea lion makes a variety of sounds, including a roaring noise like a lion. They also bark and honk like a horn. Males bark frequently when defending their territories. A fun activity for you and your family at the Zoo is to watch for bursts of bubbles rising to the surface when our sea lions bark underwater. Population numbers are increasing. Over 200,000 sea lions are estimated to live in the wild.  

MORE ABOUT OUR ANIMALS:  
We have a pair of 14-year-old California sea lions.  Sushi, a female who was rescued as a young pup from the wild near San Jose, California and LB, her new companion who arrived in March of 2013 from Gulf World in Florida.

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN CONSERVATION EFFORTS:  
Read about sea lions online and check out books from your local library.  Become a member of the El Paso Zoological Society.  Funds raised by the Society are used to support conservation efforts at the Zoo and in the wild.   Adopt a sea lion from the El Paso Zoological Society.  Learn more at http://www.elpasozoosociety.org.


CHILDREN ACTIVITIES: 
Your children can adopt a sea lion from the El Paso Zoological Society.  Funds support the Zoo’s conservation and education efforts.  Children can use their own money or get their classmates and friends involved and adopt an animal as a group