Californian sea lions – leaping companions.
The historical rocky sea lion enclosure dating from the 19th century has always been one of the highlights for visitors to the zoo.
When the five-member moustachioed troupe led by boss "Astrid" show off their jumping skills in the feeding shows that are staged with commentary twice a day, they always get huge applause.
Californian sea lions
Sea lions are perfectly designed for hunting in water. With strong strokes of their front flippers, they fly through the water, while they steer with the rear flippers. Their torpedo-shaped bodies do not offer any resistance to the water.
When these agile animals dive, often up to 300 metres deep, they close their noses and ears. The sea lions identify their prey - fish and squid - primarily through the whiskers on their nose and mouth. They perceive movements in the water, or feel for their prey on the sea bed.
System: Carnivores, eared seals
Gestation: 12 months
Maximum age: 30 years
Body weight: (w) 90 kg (m) 280 kg
Population in the wild: approx. 145,000
Population in European Zoos: approx. 300