The Buffalo Zoo welcomes Jester the California sea lion.
Jester was born at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., in May 2002. He was a part of the U.S. marine mammal Navy program until December 2006, when he was transferred to the Aquarium of Niagara.
In collaboration between the neighboring institutions, officials from the Aquarium of Niagara and the Buffalo Zoo arranged for Jester to be transported from Niagara Falls to Buffalo in December. The sea lion was accompanied by animal care and veterinary staff from both organizations during the journey to his new home in Buffalo.
The Buffalo Zoo's sea lion keepers have already begun training Jester.
"He has a sweet disposition, and loves to give kisses," says sea lion keeper Melissa King.
Jester has joined Dallas, the Buffalo Zoo's 14-year-old male, in the Sea Lion Cove exhibit. While the two animals get to know each other, they will take turns in the exhibit.