Banham Zoo’s resident Californian sea lions gave ‘sea lion of approval’ as they moved into their new residence at the zoo last year.
These adorable, playful, curious and very sociable marine mammals have already settled in and given it the ‘flippers up’ and ‘sea lion of approval’.
The two males Emmett and Elmo and three females Gala, Filippa and Ineke arrived at the end of February, having travelled from zoos in Karlsruhe, Rotterdam and Blackpool.
“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.
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.