California Sea Lion | Welsh Mountain Zoo

California Sea Lion

Zalophus californianus


  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

The California Sea Lion breed typically along the Northern California coast, with a male measuring up to 2.4 m long and weighing up to 350 kg whilst a female reaches up to 1.8 m, weighing around 100 kg. There are an estimated 300,000 California Sea Lions in the wild.

Native Range →

Pacific Coast of America

Natural Habitat  →

Oceans, beaches, rocky shorelines & harbours

Diet  →

Fish, eels, squids and crustaceans

Life Expectancy  →

Up to 20 years in the wild. 25-30 years in zoos

Breeding  →

11 - 15 months gestation period producing 1 pup (sometimes twins)

Group Name  →

Colony on land, Raft in water

Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Over fishing, pollution

Fun fact

If you've been to the Zoo you will have heard our Sea Lions as they make all sorts of noises such as barks, honks, trumpets, and roars

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