John P. McGovern Marine Mammal Marina
About the Sea Lion Exhibit
Make a splash as you enter the Zoo by visiting our sea lions! Join Jonah, Rockie, Cali, and Kamia as they swim around and enjoy their newly renovated pool. Be sure to check the schedule to see when there’s a sea lion show – you won’t want to miss it! The sea lion staff have been taking on new challenges by participating in research projects. Currently, the sea lions are learning to distinguish from four objects using the reflection of a mirror!
Behind the Scenes
When she’s not diving in the sea lion pool, Krista can be found leading the sea lion show and teaching guests all about these wonderful animals.
Jonah was 15 years old when he arrived at the Houston Zoo in the summer of 2013 and met his new family, Cali, Kamia and Rockie.
We welcomed Rockie in the spring of 2013 as he travelled here from San Antonio. He was 9 years old then. Come and see him at the zoo!
Sea Lion “Pupdate”
Jul 15, 2016: After taking time to bond with her mom, our new sea lion pup underwent her first exam. The Houston Zoo veterinary team confirmed that Kamia and Jonah are the parents of a healthy female pup! She is gaining weight, being introduced to water, and spending more time with her keepers.
Did You Know?
Sea lions are highly intelligent animals, mastering engaging and intricate behaviors.