Baby Sea Lion at
Sea Life Park Hawaii
Sea Life Park Hawaii has welcomed the newest addition to its ohana
(family) with the recent birth of a baby sea lion to U’ilani, a long time resident of the Park.
Born on Monday, June 9, 2008, the unnamed baby female weighed 17 pounds and measured 24 inches at birth. Both mother and baby are continuing to do well four weeks after the delivery. Sea Life Park’s animal management team is closely monitoring U‘ilani and her pup, and has observed that the pup is often frolicking in the water. Guests of Sea Life Park Hawaii are welcomed to visit U‘ilani and her pup in a sectioned off area of the Sea Lion Pool.
“This is the first baby sea lion we’ve had in a few years and it’s already a favorite of our guests,” said Jesus Bravo, general manager, Sea Life Park Hawaii. “One of our objectives is to use this new baby to help educate our visitors about the importance of our marine mammals.”
The baby sea lion was part of a planned breeding program between Sea Life Park Hawaii and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California. Sea Life Park offers a variety of marine-life themed shows, exhibits and educational programs for all ages and is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Among its most popular features are the swim-with-dolphin programs. The Park is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is a member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. The Park also hosts an evening luau three times a week. Sea Life Park is owned and operated by Parques Reunidos Group.