Zoo resident to tackles Super Bowl prediction

Los Angeles Rams or New England Patriots? Before the champion of Super Bowl LIII is crowned, one of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s pinnipeds will take a dive at determining the game’s winner.


Maverick, a rescued 6-year-old California sea lion, will fish out his Super Bowl pick this Friday, February 1 during the Zoo’s 10:30 am Sea Lion Presentation. As part of the presentation, zookeepers will toss two footballs in the pool for Maverick to choose from; one will be marked with the Rams’ logo and the other with the Patriots’ logo.

Gridiron guru or not, all guests visiting the Zoo are invited to watch the action as it happens at Sea Lion Landing. Maverick is 1-0 in predicting Super Bowl Winners. Last year, he chose the Philadelphia Eagles over the New England Patriots.

Media planning to cover the event should arrive at the Zoo no later than 10am on Friday, February 1 and check-in at Guest Relations. Please contact Susan O’Cain at 803.602.0840 or [email protected] by 5pm on Thursday, January 31 with plans for coverage.

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