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Central Park Zoo Welcomes Two New Sea Lions Into the Family

In a perfect world, young California sea lions Edith and Katie would be spending their afternoons sunbathing on the West coast shoreline. But thanks to The Wildlife Conservation Society's Central Park Zoo, the two are well on their way to becoming native New Yorkers. On Friday, Katie, who is 2 years old, and Edith, who is 9, joined zoo veterans Scooter, 25, and April, 20, in the zoo's sea lion court.

Administrators said the pair was a happy addition to the sea lion family.

"They are young and playful and will add a lot of energy to the sea lion pool and the daily feeding demonstrations," said Jeff Sailer, director of City Zoos.

In captivity, sea lions require daily mental and physical exercise to stimulate their natural behaviors and instincts. During feeding time, Katie and Edith will work with their keepers on growing into the healthy adult seals they're meant to be.

There are only 300,000 California sea lions left in the wild.

Click below to see a slideshow of the whole sea lion family at the Central Park Zoo.

The California -- ahem New York -- Sea Lions Katie and Edith are in perfect form.
The California -- ahem New York -- Sea Lions Katie and Edith are in perfect form. ( Julie Larsen Maher )
A sea lion enjoys a tiny tasty treat.
A sea lion enjoys a tiny tasty treat. ( Stig Nygaard )
A sea lion languidly swimming.
A sea lion languidly swimming. ( Pravin Premkumar )
Sea Lions are sleek and shiny .
Sea Lions are sleek and shiny . ( Pravin Premkumar )
Feeding time is an important part of any sea lion's day.
Feeding time is an important part of any sea lion's day. ( Pravin Premkumar )
Time spent with trainers is essential for a sea lion's mental growth.
Time spent with trainers is essential for a sea lion's mental growth. ( Pravin Premkumar )
The sea lions in Central Park always attract a crowd.
The sea lions in Central Park always attract a crowd. ( Ralph and Jenny )
California dreaming on such a sunny day.
California dreaming on such a sunny day. ( Mr. Manc )
The Central Park sea lion tank.
The Central Park sea lion tank. ( La Citta Vitta )
Not exactly the California coast,  but it will have to do: The Central Park Wildlife Center.
Not exactly the California coast, but it will have to do: The Central Park Wildlife Center. ( La Cita Vitta )
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