At the heart of the park, our sea lion gang can be seen sunning themselves or swimming amidst the Manhattan skyline. The exhibit features both above and below water viewing of some of our most acrobat swimmers.
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Our keepers use a process called “scanning” wherein animals are asked to perform a natural behavior on cue. We wait for a sea lion to perform a behavior without prompting, and reinforce it immediately. If we do this consistently, the animal will perform a behavior more often.
California Sea Lions
California sea lions are the only species that are exhibited in all five WCS parks in New York City – the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and New York Aquarium. Individuals are periodically moved between the parks for breeding to ensure the population is sustainable and genetically healthy.
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