Yes, you read that correctly. This year, Jonah the sea lion is creating his own bracket. He’s been practicing in our own Houston Zoo basketball camp just for sea lions (Not actually a real thing and totally just for fun) and we feel pretty confident that he will have some pretty strong picks.
Take a look at some basketball camp highlights to see how Jonah has become familiar with the game.
So now the big question: Why are we doing this?
If you take it at face value, the whole thing might just appear to be a sea lion playing with a basketball. However, if you look a little closer, you can see an incredible relationship between Jonah and our sea lion keepers. Actually, you can see these types of relationships all over the Houston Zoo. Our keepers work very hard to develop connections with the animals and to make their lives as enriching as possible. Learning new behaviors such as Jonah making baskets provides the opportunity to develop the keeper & animal relationship further and enriches the lives of not only the animals, but the keepers as well!
Stay tuned to see Jonah’s picks!