California Sea Lions Come To New York City: See The Five Adorable Animals At Bronx Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo [PHOTOS]

By Danny Choy on September 5, 2013 9:18 AM EDT

California sea lion Indy and her newborn female pup at the Bronx Zoo. Julie Larsen Maher / WCS
California sea lion Indy and her newborn female pup at the Bronx Zoo. Julie Larsen Maher / WCS

Officials announced five new California sea lions have been brought to zoos in Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, on Tuesday. For zoo lovers in the Big Apple, the five California sea lions are uplifting news after their beloved polar bear, Gus, died in the Central Park Zoo last month. Gus was 27.

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Among the five new California sea lions are two female pups that were discovered off the coast of Point Hueneme, California. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the little orphans will not survive on their own in the wild. The two cute pups will be housed in Brooklyn's Prospect Park Zoo.

"We are happy to provide a home for these rescued animals and to add genetic diversity to our sea lion propagation program," said Jim Breheny, Wildlife Conservation Society Executive Vice President and Bronx Zoo Director. 

"The pups are doing well and learning basic behaviors from the zoo's animal keepers," stated the Wildlife Conservation Society. "They are on exhibit in the sea lion pool along with the Prospect Park Zoo's two other females, Stella and Beebe."

Queens Zoo will receive two California sea lions as well. The two adult bulls, Butch and Taylor, were recently transferred from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and will live in the Queens Zoo sea lion pool to complete a group total of four.

Finally, a new female pup was born in the Bronx Zoo on June 28. "The pup is the third baby born to mother, Indy. This is the sixth offspring of father, Kiani," the WCS said. The young California sea lion does not have a name yet.

California sea lion pup at Prospect Park. Julie Larsen Maher / Wildlife Conservation Society
California sea lion pup at Prospect Park. Julie Larsen Maher / Wildlife Conservation Society

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