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Californian Sea Lion

Zalophus californianus

  1. Not Evaluated
  2. Data Deficient
  3. Least Concern
  4. Near Threatened
  5. Vulnerable
  6. Endangered
  7. Critically Endangered
  8. Extinct in the Wild
  9. Extinct

About Us

The Californian Sea Lion can be found in California as its name suggests, but are very widespread, found along the West coast of America, reaching as far North as Alaska and as far South as Mexico.

The ‘Lion’ part of their name comes from the appearance of the adult males of some Sea Lion species. They have a large mane of fur around their neck giving them the appearance of a Lion, and their loud roaring calls.

There are five Californian Sea Lions at Woburn, two mother and daughter pairs and Max the male who joined the females recently. Our oldest two girls are Spratt and Monica, and their daughters, born here at the park, are Kira and Leoni. You’ll find them swimming in their pool at the Sea Lion Beach, or in our fantastic Sea Lion demonstrations at Sea Lion Cove, showing off their intelligence and physical skills to our audiences.

Distribution
West coast of America, Alaska to Mexico
Habitat
Rocky coastal areas, beaches
Height
Males 2.4m, females up to 2m
Weight
Males 400kg, Females 120kg
Lifespan
Wild: 15-24 years. Captivity 20-30 years
Threats
Drowning in fishing nets, disease, poisoning, pollution and toxic phytoplankton blooms.