MEMPHIS, TENN. – Staff members at
the Memphis Zoo welcomed a baby California sea lion pup on June 27. The newest
addition to Northwest Passage was born to proud parents, “Andre” and “Callie.”
The baby girl, named “Teva,” is
currently being hand-reared by Zoo staff. This is the first successful sea lion
birth at the Memphis Zoo. Callie, Teva’s mother, has birthed two other pups in
previous years that did not survive infancy.
“She’s had to learn how to take a
bottle,” Matt Thompson, Director of Animal Programs, said. “She’s drinking a
fish-based formula that’s a combination of vitamins, oils and fish.”
Zoo staff will continue to
monitor Teva to evaluate when she will be ready to go on exhibit. When
possible, the Zoo waits a full 30 days before any newborns are visible in a
California sea lions give birth
on land, not in the water. In the wild, mothers will nurse their pups until
they are around six months of age. Pups stay with their mothers until they are
around a year old, or until the mother has a new pup. Unlike seals, sea lions
have hind flippers that rotate underneath and allow them to walk on land, where
as seals move on land by wiggling on their belly with their hind flippers
About the Memphis Zoo Sea Lions
Teva joins the Memphis Zoo’s sea
lion pack that includes her parents, Andre and Callie, as well as “Skimmer” and
“Chloe.” All can be seen at Northwest Passage. During the summer, three sea
lion shows are performed at 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Callie is 10 years old. She was a
rescue from California, and moved to the Memphis Zoo when she was only 3 months
old. Teva is her first surviving pup.
Andre is 18 years old. Andre came
to the Memphis Zoo by way of the Gulfport Gulfarium. A victim of Hurricane
Katrina, he was washed inland, until he was found and brought to the Memphis
Zoo to be rehabilitated. He has been at the Memphis Zoo since 2005.
For more information and updated
photos and videos of Teva, visit www.memphiszoo.org, www.facebook.com/memphiszoo or call 901-333-6500.
About the Memphis Zoo
The Memphis Zoo, located in
Memphis, Tenn., is home to more than 3,500 animals
representing over 500 different
species. Recently named as one of the top five zoos in the country by TripAdvisor®,
the Memphis Zoo has completed over $93 million in renovation and expansion
since the early 1990s. The Zoo's animal inhabitants reside in one-of-a-kind
exhibitry, such as Once Upon A Farm, Commercial Appeal Cat Country, Primate
Canyon, Animals of the Night, Northwest Passage, Teton Trek and CHINA - home to
giant pandas YaYa and Le Le. The Zoo was founded in 1906 and resides on 70
acres in the middle of Overton Park. The Memphis Zoo is an accredited member of
the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Memphis Zoo, YaYa and Le Le are
trademarks of the Memphis Zoo.