- Sea Lions
- Bald Eagles
California Sea Lions Zelophus californianus califorinianus
California sea lions are the smallest of all sea lions. They’re pinnipeds– meaning “fin footed.” The ability to use their flippers are one of the differences between seals and sea lions. Another difference is a visible, external ear. Sea lions are strong swimmers, getting up to 22 mph underwater; they can hold their breath underwater up to 30 minutes.
About the Memphis Zoo California Sea Lions
"Remy", "Catalina" and "Buttercup" are our three youngest sea lions, who join"Teva" and call the Memphis Zoo home. Teva was born in June 2012. Sea lions have been part of the Memphis Zoo’s collection since 1955.
California sea lions are fully protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Our sea lions paint! They’re quite the artists, too, even if we say so ourselves.
Teva was hand-reared by keeper staff.
Sea lions are used by the United States Navy for retrieval programs, including search and rescue and retrieval of military hardware.
A group of sea lions can have a different name, depending on the circumstances. A large group of females and one male is called a harem. During the breeding season, a group of sea lions is called a rookery. When sea lions are in the water, they’re a raft, and while on land, they’re a colony.
Bald Eagle: Hallaeetus leucocephalus
Don’t expect to see any featherless eagles here. The term “bald” actually means “marked with white” in Old English. The adult plumage usually develops about 5 years of age, when they reach sexual maturity. It’s at this same time that they mate for life. Together, an eagle pair will build an enormous nest. These nests can be up to 8 feet across, 13 feet tall and weigh 1 ton. The use the same nest for years, usually adding to it over time.
About the Memphis Zoo bald eagles
Memphis Zoo is home to 3 bald eagles, 2 females named Sue and Nash, and one male, Freedom. Our bald eagles were injured in the wild and were unsuccessful at completing their rehabilitation to be re-released into their native habitat. All birds of prey, including bald eagles are protected by the Migratory Bird Act and are on loan to us from the government.
Bald eagles see in color. In fact, they have eyesight that’s four to seven times better than that of a human.
The bald eagle was adopted as the national bird of the United States in 1782. At that time, there was an estimated 25,000-75,000 specimens. In 1963, there were less than 500 pairs left in the wild. According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, there are more than 9,000 estimated pairs in the wild today.
Females are larger than males. On average the wingspan of a bald eagle is between six and a half and seven and a half feet.
The scientific name for bald eagles, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, means “white-headed sea-eagle.”
up to 150 (banquet seating for 54). “Perfect for”, “amenities”, and “pricing” is good. Includes: 54 chairs, 9 48” round tables, and 5 cabaret tables