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Adopt a California Sea Lion

california sea lion

The California sea lion is a shining example of successful conservation efforts. Hunted nearly to extinction by the late 1800s, these animals obtained legal protection in U.S. waters in the 1930s. This protection has enabled a strong recovery for this species, and as a result, the number of pups born each year has tripled since 1975.

Adopt a California sea lion and help the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute save species and support Friends of the National Zoo.

Adopt Package Options

Packages at this level include:

  • Matted replica animal track print (not available for for bald eagle, California sea lion, or golden lion tamarin)
  • Personalized certificate
  • 5-inch by 7-inch photo
  • Fact sheet

Shipping is free! Adopt packages ship anywhere within the U.S. and Canada. Orders will be processed and shipped for arrival within 7 to 10 business days.

Please note that Adopt packages do not include a FONZ membership. Interested in becoming a member? Join FONZ today!


Packages at this level are shipped in an animal carrier box and include:

  • 12-inch stuffed animal
  • Personalized certificate
  • 5-inch by 7-inch photo
  • Fact sheet

Shipping is free! Adopt packages ship anywhere within the U.S. and Canada. Orders will be processed and shipped for arrival within 7 to 10 business days.

Please note that Adopt packages do not include a FONZ membership. Interested in becoming a member? Join FONZ today!


Packages at this level are shipped in an animal carrier box and include:

  • 12-inch stuffed animal
  • Matted replica animal track print (not available for for bald eagle, California sea lion, or golden lion tamarin)
  • Personalized certificate
  • 5-inch by 7-inch photo
  • Fact sheet

Shipping is free! Adopt packages ship anywhere within the U.S. and Canada. Orders will be processed and shipped for arrival within 7 to 10 business days.

Please note that Adopt packages do not include a FONZ membership. Interested in becoming a member? Join FONZ today!


Packages at this level are shipped in an animal carrier box and include:

  • Private meet-a-keeper tour (subject to availability)
  • 12-inch stuffed animal
  • Matted replica animal track print (not available for for bald eagle, California sea lion, or golden lion tamarin)
  • Personalized certificate
  • 5-inch by 7-inch photo
  • Fact sheet

Shipping is free! Adopt packages ship anywhere within the U.S. and Canada. Orders will be processed and shipped for arrival within 7 to 10 business days.

Please note that Adopt packages do not include a FONZ membership. Interested in becoming a member? Join FONZ today!