“Sea Lion Bay” gets ‘sea lion of approval’ as five Californian sea lions move into their new residence at Banham Zoo 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 Emmet 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 new salt-water marine habitat and provides the perfect environment for the five 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.
The new habitat was introduced following a six-figure loan from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking and is part of the zoo’s ongoing schedule of enclosure improvements, helping to maintain its reputation as one of East Anglia’s leading visitor attractions.
Paul Sullivan, relationship director at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “Banham Zoo is one of the top tourist attractions in East Anglia. With the introduction of the new sea lion bay, the zoo is leading a great example to leisure destinations by reinvesting into its facilities to attract even more visitors.
“We’ve enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Banham Zoo and The Zoological Society of East Anglia, and we’re looking forward to working with both organisations in the future as they continue to grow.”
For many years Banham Zoo has been involved with numerous internationally coordinated breeding programmes and has contributed to several worldwide conservation projects, helping to increase public awareness of the plight of many endangered species.