|Southern Fur Seal at Bristol|
Southern Fur seals, and other species of Arctocephalus, are much less commonly seen than Californian Sea Lions, which have over 550 listed on ISIS, and many more held privately or in non-WAZA zoos. There are only 47 A.australis listed worldwide in ISIS, with a further 122 South Africa Fur Seals A.pusillus. The only Arctocephalus listed for the US is a solitary female A.pusillus at Louisville zoo.
|Californian Sea Lion at Fisherman's Wharf|
With the plight of the world’s fisheries, it is important that Bristol encourages better fisheries practise wherever possible. For this reason, Bristol has managed to obtain certification from the Marine Stewardship Council for both the restaurant and also the fish we feed to our seals, which I believe is a world first. We have several displays around the aquarium and Seal coasts giving information and encouragement to visitors on sustainable fisheries practises. For further information, follow this link to the report to BIAZA on their website at http://www.biaza.org.uk/public/pages/research/detail.asp?uid=191
|Guadalupe Fur Seal|
(images from wikipedia)