Sea Lion Beach - keeping the animals safe

Playful and inquisitive...

Woburn Safari Park's Sea Lion Beach is home to five inquisitive and playful Californian Sea Lions - Max, Spratt, Kira, Leoni and Monica. Due to their outgoing nature, the sea lions love nothing more than having a good splash and swim in their outdoor pool and delighting visitors with their hilarious antics.

But a problem is arising that could threaten these five much-loved animals although it's one that is very easily stopped...

Dangers from above...

Recently, the sea lion's keepers have seen a huge rise in the amount of litter and other items, being dropped into the sea lion pool, sometimes by visitors on purpose! 

This is extremely dangerous for these animals, especially as they are used to their keepers throwing in important enrichment for them to help stimulate their natural behaviours. The consequences of something entering the sea lion pool, even accidentally, could be fatal, especially as Max in particular still retains alot of adolescent behaviours, so is likely to investigate everything he sees.

Here's Leoni with items retrieved from her pool in just one month...

Leoni And The Litter Dropped

How you can help...

  • Please don't hang anything over the barrier - keepers are regularly asked to retrieve mobile phones!
  • If something is dropped accidentally, please notify a member of staff immediately
  • Bin your litter - even if it's not dropped into the sea lion pool, the wind has a habit of blowing empty crisp and chocolate wrappers high over the barrier

Each time something is dropped, the keepers must move the sea lions inside to their house in order for them to be able to access the pool. This can sometimes be for an hour or more, meaning other visitors are missing out on the chance to see these wonderful animals.