Meet Dora the Norfolk marine explorer

Adoring mum Filippa is delighted with her new arrival - who now has a name. Picture; Banham Zoo

Adoring mum Filippa is delighted with her new arrival - who now has a name. Picture; Banham Zoo - Credit: Archant

EDP winners choose the name for zoo's sea lion pup

An inquisitive look from Dora, the sea lion pup at Banham Zoo. Picture Banham Zoo

An inquisitive look from Dora, the sea lion pup at Banham Zoo. Picture Banham Zoo - Credit: Archant

She's been delighting the crowds at Banham Zoo for weeks but now the baby sea lion has a name.

Meet Dora, the first sea lion to be born at the Zoo's new Sea Lion Bay, the large marine style enclosure with deep salt water pool, rocks and ledges which opened earlier this year.

Born in June, her name was chosen by the winners of an EDP competition; Paula, Andy, Callum and Connor Chambers of Corby.

The zoo team said the winning name Dora was ideal.

Dora the sea lion pup at Banham Zoo loves exploring. Picture Banham Zoo

Dora the sea lion pup at Banham Zoo loves exploring. Picture Banham Zoo - Credit: Archant


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'The name is very fitting for her as she is always exploring around Sea Lion Bay,' said a spokeswoman.

The Chambers family won a one year sea lion sponsorship and complimentary tickets for two adults and two children to come and visit the zoo and see Dora, her mum Filippa, and all the other animals.

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Dora and Filippa live with the two male sea lions Emmet and Elmo and females Ineke and Gala – big sister to Dora - at Sea Lion Bay.

Banham Zoo is open daily from 9:30am, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Filippa and her new pup - Dora - in the new Sea Lion Bay enclosure at Banham Zoo. Picture: contribu

Filippa and her new pup - Dora - in the new Sea Lion Bay enclosure at Banham Zoo. Picture: contributed - Credit: Archant

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