Mary Lou, an American alligator, has lived at the Santa Barbara Zoo since it first opened, making her our oldest and longest-term resident.
Is of an unknown age, but she’s at least 51. Her species can live anywhere from 80 to 100 years.
Is a “petite” 6 feet long, as the average length for female alligators is 8 feet long
Has twice-weekly sessions with keepers who go in her enclosure to feed her and train her to touch her nose to a target
Is not a picky eater, and eats mostly fish, mice, and quail
Is only fed while in the pool’s water