Species: Zalophus californianus (California)
Geographic Range: coastlines along the Pacific Ocean
Size: 5 to 7 feet long, 600-800 pounds
Lifespan: 20-30 years
Conservation Status: Least concern
Como’s Sea Lions
Find them in Como Harbor or the Aquatic Animals Building Map
- Sea lions can swim up to 25 miles an hour.
- Sea lions can stay underwater for up to 20 minutes.
- A California sea lion slows its heart rate and shunts blood to the more critical organs when it dives.
- A thick layer of blubber acts as a food reserve and insulation against cold water temperatures.
New Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit
The new, world-class habitat will provide a unique and immersive northwest coastal visitor experience and a year-round indoor and outdoor use that will meet or exceed all regulatory and collection management requirements. The concept for the project features two saltwater pools with above and below water viewing, along with an improved amphitheater experience for guests. One of the most important features of the new habitat focuses on the training of the animals. With the new habitat, opportunities for operant conditioning training of the pinnipeds will increase and offer better views for our visitors to experience the training. There will be opportunities for individual attention, as well as opportunities to work on advanced husbandry behaviors to further the animal welfare for the collection.
“As with recent renovations at Como, it’s not about getting bigger it’s about doing what we do better,” explains Michelle Furrer, Como’s Campus Manager. “We want to ensure that, for generations to come, Sparky will be an ambassador for conservation and education. In order to do this, updates are needed.”