April Sea Lion "Porpoising"
This is April. She is 13 years old and she was born in the Bronx Zoo. She watches the keepers as they come towards the enclosure to see what they have for her. She can do many behaviors but she shows the visitors a natural behavior called "porpoising." Sea lions do this to gain speed to escape predators or chase down their dinner. Here are two photos. One showing April coming out of the water and then going back into the water.
Photos by Ferne Spieler
This is Breezy
The Central Park Zoo has two senior sea lions. They live in a separate enclosure from the other three sea lions. They have a heater to keep them warm and waterfall that Breezy uses as a massage. The rock in the front is good for sunbathing.
Breezy is 36 and is the oldest sea lion in any zoo in the world She is now blind but will follow the sound of voices and can follow her keepers voice instructions. Her favorite word is beautiful.
Photo by the Animal Department
This is Seaweed
Seaweed just celebrated her 30th birthday. She is the last sea lion to be captured in the wild before the marine mammal act. She started her training at the Long Island game farm with her keeper Max who called her " Weede Girl." She then went to the Aquarium where keeper Ann took care of her. She is now joined with Breezy to enjoy her rock, sunshine, and the folks who come to visit her.
Photo by Ferne Spieler
Senior Sealions: Breezy and Seaweed
As many of you know Seaweed-- age 30 has joined Breezy 30 +++ in her enclosure. Imagine my surprise when I came in and found the two sharing the rock that I call "Breezy's Rock"
Photos by Joan Scheier
This is Scooter
The Central Park Zoo has three sea lions in the main pool Scooter is 18 and was born in Prospect Park Brooklyn. Here is a photo of her showing the keepers are tongue. This kind of behavior is important to the keepers- it allows them to check out any problems.
Photo by Joan Scheier
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