Playa Patagonia

Patagonian Sea Lion (Otaria flavescens)
Distribution: Coasts of South America.
Status: Least concern

Playa Patagonia was opened in August 2003 and has the largest straight underwater tunnel in Europe. The glass in the tunnel is 10cm thick and the enclosure holds a massive 500,000 gallons of water!

The enclosure is currently home to our 5 female patagonian sealions.   

Male patagonian sealions are approximately three times the size of females and have the most lion-like mane of all the sealions!

Sealion tunnel full 18

Sealions have been persecuted in the past by humans hunting for fur, which was common in the 1900's, as well as shooting by fisherman to prevent Sealions predating their fisheries. Today entrapment in fishing nets as well as pollution is a high cause of death.

To find out more information about our Sea Lions, visit their enclosure!



4.30pm close or dusk if earlier (Except for Christmas Starlight Nights) 
Last admission to zoo grounds at 3.30pm

24th November, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 23rd December - 7.30pm close - Christmas Starlight Nights
Last admission to zoo grounds at 6.30pm

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