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California Sea Lion Pups Make Public Debut at Brookfield Zoo

sea lion pups at Brookfield Zoo 2017


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.

sea lion pup at Brookfield Zoo 2017

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.

Posted: 7/18/2017 3:58:12 PM by Steve Pine | with 0 comments


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