Sea lions vocalize frequently to keep tabs on each other in the wild. When two sea lions are getting to know each other, they might use a “breath exchange,” bringing their snouts close together. Breath exchanges may look like a kiss, but it’s a way for sea lions to smell and recognize each other and to help them bond.
In recent years, we’ve partnered with several wildlife agencies to provide a home for rescued sea lions. Our keepers offer our sea lions various forms of enrichment to provide mental and physical stimulation, and to encourage natural behaviors.