Sea lions are social creatures — they have to have to be with their pals. 

So when officers in a marine park in China wanted a new household for 7 of the mammals that have been collectively a decade, they seemed to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

The sea lions arrived Tuesday at a short-term facility that the Columbus Zoo experienced created specifically for them in Myakka Town, Florida. Two Columbus Zoo staff are living there entire-time to treatment for them whilst the animals’ new habitat is created in this article at the zoo in Powell.

The zoo introduced on Friday that the new sea lion habitat (which will also home new harbor seals) will open in 2019. It will be created in close proximity to the zoo’s entrance, claimed Patty Peters, the zoo’s spokeswoman.

She called this an thrilling and vital acquisition.

“Sea lions are noisy and social and fun, so after they arrive in Columbus, site visitors will be greeted correct at the entrance by the sights and sounds of them,” she claimed.

Zoo CEO Tom Stalf claimed in a release that the zoo has prolonged economically supported sea-lion rehabilitation attempts led by other organizations and that this is just an extension of that dedication.

These sea lions, though, is not going to be introduced into the wild. All 7 have been born in human treatment, and have lived collectively for about 10 many years at Changfeng Ocean Earth in Shanghai, China. The Columbus Zoo wished sea lions, and when this chance arose the zoo experienced to consider the animals quickly, Peters claimed. That required creating the short-term housing on personal assets in Florida.

The animals are in quarantine now right after their excursion from overseas, but eventually the hope is that people will be capable to visit them (by reservation only) at that habitat in Florida, Peters claimed.

The sea lions — two girls and 5 males — are named Ayla, Child, Bodega, Harley, Nana, Qizai and Simba. The oldest was born in 1996 the youngest four in 2006.

The zoo claimed that sea lions are all-weather hardy, so they will are living fortunately in an Ohio weather yr-spherical.

And a fun actuality? A group of sea lions floating collectively on the ocean surface is called a “raft.”

hzachariah@dispatch.com

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