Say hello to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s newest arrivals, a family of sea lions who is making quite the splash. The award-winning park’s new lake complex Point Lobos is home to Yorkshire’s newest recruits.
The two-acre reserve is home to Dominic, Bailey, both 13, 12-year-old Lara and their little children Hanno, 2, Oakley, 2, and one-year-old Maui. The new family have been making a splash and enjoying their new home.
Posting to Facebook the Yorkshire Wildlife Park wrote: SEA LIONS SPLASH DOWN IN YORKSHIRE!
“A playful family of Californian Sea Lions are making waves at our new purpose-built dual lake complex of Point Lobos, home to the largest filtrated Sea Lion facility in the world! Over £2m has been invested to develop this exciting new signature reserve.
“The spectacular main lake, which measures 70 metres long & over 3 metres deep, is filled with three million litres of salt water. Now home to parents Dominic, Bailey and Lara along with their little ones Hanno, Oakley, and one-year0old Maui.”
John Minion, CEO of Yorkshire Wildlife Park said their new sea lion facility is “one of the biggest in the world with over 3 million litres of water.” He said it has been specifically designed with varying depths and with rock work and islands to enhance the sea lions natural behaviour. The place is “totally unique, totally different, and you’re not going to see anything quite like it anywhere across the world.”
Although sea lions aren’t endangered, Minion highlights that our oceans are and that this gives the park the opportunity to teach people why we must protect “our fantastic oceans.”
Two new polar bears joined the park last year. They had three new polar bears arrive and three of the bears from the Park set off on their own journeys as part of the European breeding in the space of three weeks. We can’t wait to get round to visiting and see all these new arrivals.