Wildlife World Zoo welcomes sea lion pup

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LITCHFIELD PARK, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

New arrival!

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park has welcomed a second baby sea lion to its family.

The pup was born on July 8 and is the first baby born to his mother, Andi.

He has already had his first swim lesson! California Sea lion pups don’t know how to swim when they are born.

This is a significant birth for Wildlife World, as well as for marine mammal enthusiasts and conservationists alike.

Sea lions are highly intelligent animals. They are known for their ability to learn complex, voluntary husbandry and medical behaviors through operant conditioning principles and positive reinforcement.

In fact, Andi was already voluntarily participating in maternal husbandry behaviors, such as ultrasounds, long before the pup was conceived. By participating in her own health care, the animal care team, including two veterinarians, a veterinary technician and three specialists, was able to better monitor Andi and her baby’s health, ensuring the birth of a healthy pup and maintaining the health, comfort and well-being of mom.

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Wildlife World’s exhibit was carefully designed, with the hope of one day starting a successful sealion breeding program, in an effort to maximize genetic diversity within the zoological population. With approximately 150,000 gallons of man-made salt water for the sea lions, the expanding sea lion family has plenty of room to raise the new pup. The spacious outdoor exhibit allows visitors to attend a public educational demonstration featuring these acrobatic animals. In addition, Wildlife World offers guests the opportunity to feed the sea lions during their scheduled feeding times.

Wildlife World’s expert sea lion care team is committed to providing the best care to its animals and engaging, informative and fun educational experiences for visitors of all ages!

In fact, each year Wildlife World offers savings for parents and schools, enabling 80,000 students the opportunity to discover and learn about more than 600 species of birds, fish, mammals and reptiles.

Like all marine mammals, sea lions are protected by the landmark legislation known as the Marine Mammal Protection Act ("MMPA"), first passed in 1972. The MMPA makes it illegal to hunt or harass any marine mammal species found in U.S. waters. Sea lions, like many marine animals, face an uncertain future due to ocean pollution, dwindling fish stock and competition with human activities.

The energetic sea lions can be seen daily at “Shipwreck Cove,” a pirate ship display with upper deck and underwater viewing. With an outdoor exhibit pool, public seating and a viewing area for the sea lions, there are plenty of opportunities for guests to come out and see Arizona’s newest sea lion pup explore its new surroundings.

With more than 600 species and 6,000 animals on display, there are always new arrivals at Wildlife World! Other babies on display include a baboon, spider monkey, flamingos, penguins and several hoofed animal species, including wildebeests and other youngsters throughout the 100-acre park.

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, AZ (SE corner of State Route 303 and Northern Ave.) Wildlife World is open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. 

Zoo exhibits are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Last zoo admission is at 5 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission includes access to the Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park. 

For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @ZooWildlife,  or online at www.WildlifeWorld.com

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