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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

Meet Krista
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.
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Meet Jonah
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.
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Meet 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 Show


Have you ever seen a sea lion show at the Houston Zoo? Here’s just a tiny peek at the fun things that await you. Check Today’s Schedule for times. We hope to see you there!

Did You Know?


Sea lions are highly intelligent animals, mastering engaging and intricate behaviors.