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Central Park Zoo Welcomes Two New Sea Lions Into the Family

Friday, May 06, 2011

WNYC
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)

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

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Comments [1]

Cora Diamond from Bronx NYC

While we miss Katie here in the Bronx Zoo it is good to see her happy in her new home with Edith. Katie's back flippers do not turn foward but she has developed great upper body strength to pull herself up out of the water and it has not slowed her down a bit.

May. 24 2011 10:33 PM

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