California sea lions are faster than other seals or sea lions and are able to swim nearly 25 miles an hour. Sea lions often gather in large colonies on huge rocks along the seashore. Their thick layers of blubber help them survive the icy cold waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Holly is much smaller than the adult sea lions, however she is not as small as Ivy or Joy. She is a little bit older than Joy, so their size difference is a good way to tell them apart.
Holly was rescued after being found stranded on Malibu beach. Since coming to the Indianapolis Zoo she has been thriving.
The youngest of all our sea lions, Ivy has the shortest body and face.
Ivy was rescued following multiple strandings in La Jolla, Calif. If you hear a sound that sounds like a lamb coming from our sea lion exhibit, it's Ivy! Her vocalization is very unique and distinct from the barks of the other sea lions.
Though not as small as Ivy, still not as large as the other adults. She can often be spotted playing with the other sea lion pup, Holly.
Joy was born at the Marine Mammal Center in Santa Barbara, Calif. Her mother was being treated there and couldn't care for her, so the staff stepped in to care for her.
Smaller size; slender body; narrow face; lack of markings (led to her name, "no mark" to "Marcy")
Marcy has been at the Zoo since its opening in White River State Park. Marcy has a distinctly loud bark and she is a habitual sneezer. When she eats she always folds large herring in half before eating them. She knows a wide variety of behaviors including balancing a ball, doing flipper stands and giving the occasional kiss.
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Get acquainted with these charming marine mammals as our animal care staff demonstrate the sea lions’ extraordinary ability to learn. Watch our Animal Care Team work with our California sea lions on basic trained behaviors that allow the animals to participate in their own care. Learn all about how we care for our animals at the Zoo and how these intelligent creatures are wonderful representatives for their wild counterparts!
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The Animal Amigo program helps care for all of the animals at the Zoo by funding food, medical treatment, equipment, enrichment toys, and habitat improvement for the animals in our care. For a donation of $100 or more, you can sponsor a sea lion at the Indianapolis Zoo. You will receive a plush, collector card, certificate and recognition on the Animal Amigo donor board!Learn More