The Zoo is home to two female sea lions, Marina and Lily. Both born in 2009 they were found stranded on beaches in Los Angeles County and were rehabilitated at the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro, California. For information on the passing of our 21-year-old male, Flounder, click here.
Status in the Wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern. The California sea lion is a protected species throughout its range. Sea lions are known to damage fishing gear and steal or destroy fish, but can get caught or killed through this type of behavior. Despite conflicts with commercial and sport fisheries, the population continues to survive.
California sea lions live on offshore rocks and beaches on the Pacific west coast of North America from British Columbia to the coast of Mexico.
The sea lion eats fish, octopus, squid, mollusks and crustaceans.