New Zealand sea lions
Image: Sabine Bernert ©


New Zealand sea lions are one of the rarest sea lion species in the world and are only found in New Zealand.


Population: About 12,000
Conservation statusNationally Critical
Threat status: Endemic species, main breeding colony in decline
Found in: Most of the population at Auckland and Campbell subantarctic islands. Emerging breeding locations at Stewart Island/Rakiura, Otago and Southland regions
Threats: Diseases, fisheries interactions, pup mortality, food availability, human impacts


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