Genus Hippocampus

Fascinating Facts


Seahorses anchor themselves to sea grasses and corals with their prehensile tails. They lack teeth, sucking in small animals through their snout like a straw. They can eat up to 3,000 crustaceans, fish, and zooplankton a day!

Status in the Wild

Cape Seahorse – Endangered, IUCN 2012

All other species Data Deficient or Vulnerable; visit The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species for more information.


Shallow tropical and temperate waters throughout the world

Location in the Zoo

Fish and Amphibians Zone of the Sculpture Learning Plaza

Animals & Exhibits