Baby sea lion gender and name revealed

Photo by Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo’s baby sea lion has a name! The five-week-old male California sea lion has been named Max by two of the zoo’s donors. Jim and Beverly Postl won the honor of naming the pup at Zoo Ball, the zoo’s annual fundraising gala in April. The Postls are longtime Houston Zoo supporters, and Jim serves on the zoo’s board of directors.

 The pup has also begun swim lessons behind-the-scenes. Unlike most marine mammals, sea lions don’t swim when they are born, so must be taught gradually by their mothers. Max’s mother, Cali, has been cautiously allowing Max to play in ever-increasing depths of water under the careful supervision of his trainers. Currently, Max is swimming in about 3 feet of water. Next, the trainers will continue to deepen the water in the pool, as well as begin introductions to the other three California sea lions, before making his public debut several weeks from now.

— Houston Zoo

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