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Californian sea lions are able to swim at speeds of around 20km/h (12.5mph), but generally cruise at slower speeds of around 7km/h (4.5 mph).

Sea Lion Bay

Banham Zoo’s resident Californian sea lions gave ‘sea lion of approval’ as they moved into their new residence at the zoo in 2018.

These adorable, playful, curious and very sociable marine mammals have already settled in and given it the ‘flippers up’ and ‘sea lion of approval’.

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Sea Lion in water

“Sea Lion Bay” is an exciting saltwater marine habitat and provides the perfect environment for the sea lions; its deep water pool, rocks and ledges will allow them to show off their natural behaviour, giving visitors an amazing insight into sea lions, while learning all about these beautiful mammals during educational feeding talks and keeper enrichments.

Sea Lion enrichment

Every detail of this wonderful saltwater habitat has been considered carefully with the needs of the sea lions in mind and includes the installation of a state-of-the-art filtration system to maintain the water’s clarity and cleanliness. There is also a covered section to keep an area of their pool water sheltered from the summer sun, and glass barriers around the enclosure give visitors clear and close-up views as they observe these magnificent animals enjoying their new home.

Californian Sea Lion

Zalophus californianus

Sea lions are a type of pinniped, along with fur seals and true seals. Unlike seals, sea lions use their flippers to walk on land and have visible ear-flaps.



Female up to 100kg
Male up to 350kg



Californian sea lions are found on the west coast of North America from Oregon, south to Mexico. Their rookeries (or breeding grounds) are found on offshore islands.



Californian sea lions eat a wide variety of prey depending on local prey abundance, but mainly feed on fish, octopus and squid. To catch their prey they can dive to depths of over 400m!



Males will mate with many females, and after a pregnancy of around 11 months, females give birth to one pup. Pups may suckle for up to 2 years and mature at between 4 and 5 years of age. Females and males are sexually dimorphic with fully-grown males around 3 times the size of females.



They are not classed as endangered, however they have been hunted heavily in the past. Sea lions are vulnerable to conflict with fishermen, pollution and entanglement with marine debris. They are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act in the USA, but we can help protect all marine life by eating sustainably caught fish and participating in pollution reducing activities such as beach clean ups!

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