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John P. McGovern Marine Mammal Marina

Meet Our Sea Lions
Cali
Kamia
TJ
Jonah
Rockie

About the Sea Lion Exhibit

Make a splash as you enter the Zoo by visiting our sea lions! Join Jonah, Rockie, Cali, Kamia and her pup TJ as they swim around and enjoy their pool. Be sure to check the schedule to see when there’s a sea lion show – you won’t want to miss it!

Behind the Scenes

Sea Lion Keepers Save a Sea Turtle While Picking Up Trash

Houston Zoo sea lion keepers are dedicated to reducing plastic trash in our ocean, as this is a major threat to sea lions. Locally, for over two years, this group of Houston Zoo keepers has made regular trips to the Surfside jetty, picking up trash and recyclables to reduce the threat of plastic entanglement to Texas species. On this trip, our sea lion team rescued a sea turtle that had been entangled in fishing line.
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TJ’s First Swim in the Big Pool


It’s graduation day for TJ, our baby sea lion! At birth, sea lions don’t know how to swim, and must be taught gradually by their mothers. Stop by the sea lion pool for a glimpse of baby and mom gliding through the water together!

Did You Know?


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

Seals, sea lions, and walruses are classified in a scientific group titled Pinnipeds which means “wing foot”.