The California sea lion is classified as a species of least concern by the IUCN, and their overall numbers are believed to be just shy of 400,000 individuals. However, sea lions are threatened by human activity, including the dispersal of garbage and pollutants into their habitat. The California sea lion is thankfully guarded by the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act, which outlaws hunting, killing, and capturing these amazing animals.
- Recommended Age: 3
- Size in cm: 10.5 L x 6.5 W x 4.5 H
The California sea lion is listed as Least Concern because the species is considered abundant throughout its range. In some areas, populations are also increasing. There are a few threats to the species, which include poaching, entanglement in debris, pollutants, disease and conflicts with fisheries. California sea lions are protected legally under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.