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California sea lion at the Zoo
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California Sea Lion

They are called “sea lions” because they produce loud roars like lions. Males from some species even grow thick manes around their necks!

Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Zalophus californianus


West coast of North America

Location in the Zoo

Galápagos Islands – Opens April 7

Cool Animal Fact

Sea lions can stay underwater for up to 10 minutes, dive to depths of 1,312 feet, and swim at a max speed of 25 mph.