Population: about 12,000
Conservation status: Nationally Critical
Threat status: Population in decline
Found in: Otago and Southland regions of mainland New Zealand, although most New Zealand sea lions are now found in the subantarctic islands
Did you know:
- They are likely the most threatened sea lion species due to their declining numbers and restricted breeding range.
- Apart from the Australian sea lion (population estimated to be 10-15,000), all other sea lion species are in the hundreds of thousands.
- They are generally quite confident around people and dogs so it is important to keep at least 10 m from them.
Watch a video about biodiversity ranger Jim Fyfe caring for sea lions pups on the Otago Peninsula.