News Release
 
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351, sondra.katzen@czs.org
 
July 18, 2017
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

California Sea Lion Pups Make Public Debut at Brookfield Zoo
 
NOTE: Images of the California sea lion pups at Brookfield Zoo may be downloaded below:

sea lions_DSC_3180 (caption: A female California sea lion pup born at Brookfield Zoo on June 4 can be seen in her outdoor habitat at Pinniped Point.)
sea lions_DSC_3260 (caption: A female California sea lion pup born at Brookfield Zoo on June 4 can be seen in her outdoor habitat at Pinniped Point.)
sea lions_DSC_3318 (caption: A male California sea lion pup born at Brookfield Zoo on June 11 is exploring his outdoor habitat at Pinniped Point.)
sea lions_DSC_7010-1 (caption: Arie, a California sea lion, with her son at Brookfield Zoo’s Pinniped Point.)
sea lions_DSC_7046 (caption: A 1½-month-old California sea lion nurses from her mom Josephine at Brookfield Zoo’s Pinniped Point.)
sea lions_DSC_7052 (caption: Two California sea lion pups born at Brookfield Zoo on June 4 and 11 can now be seen in their outdoor habitat at Pinniped Point. Also pictured is one of the moms, Arie.)
 
California Sea Lion Pups Make Public Debut at Brookfield Zoo
 
Brookfield, Ill. – Guests visiting Brookfield Zoo’s Pinniped Point can now see two 1½-month old California sea lion pups. Until recently, the male and female pups have been behind the scenes learning to swim and bonding with their moms, Arie and Josephine. The two inquisitive pups spend the majority of their time outdoors, but will continue to have access to their indoor area while they get acclimated.

Josephine gave birth to the female on June 4, and the male pup was born to Arie a week later on June 11. The pups have been growing steadily due to the richness of their mothers’ milk, which is high in fat. They each have nearly doubled in weight since their births, now hitting the scale between 25 and 35 pounds. They will nurse for at least five months and may continue to do so for more than a year.

The pups are very important to the genetic diversity of the accredited North American zoo population for the species. Both their moms and Tanner, the sire, were wild born. For various reasons, all three adults were deemed nonreleasable by the U.S. government and given homes at three accredited facilities—Aquarium of Niagara, Brookfield Zoo, and Shedd Aquarium.

Those interested in helping care for the California sea lions at Brookfield Zoo can contribute to the Share the Care program. For $35, the recipient will receive the Basic Package, which includes a 5-inch x 7-inch color photograph and fact sheet about the species, a personalized adoption certificate, a Share the Care car decal, and an invitation to the annual Share the Care Evening. For further information, visit CZS.org/SharetheCare.

Brookfield Zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield. Admission to the zoo is $19.85 for adults and $14.50 for children 3 to 11 and seniors 65 and over. Children 2 and under are admitted free. Parking is $12.
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About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit CZS.org.

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