Our youngest adult sea lion, Cali was born in 2003. Her mother was a wild sea lion who stranded with domoic acid poisoning and gave birth prematurely before dying. Cali was hand raised by the Sea World San Diego stranding staff and barely survived with a variety of lingering health problems. Due to her health and behavioral issues, and being very human attached from hand rearing, Cali could not survive on her own in the wild and we adopted her in the beginning of 2005.
Cali is a very quick learner and is anxious to please. She learned many complex behaviors throughout her life with us, from complex medical exam behaviors to participating in our research studies. Cali not only performed in our educational Stewards and Sea Lion Encounters demonstrations, but she even worked on sets in Hollywood! Cali is very playful and enjoys her toys and enrichment. She is overall one of the fastest learning animals and is a joy to train.