New Zealand fur seal/kekeno
IntroductionKekeno are the most common seals in New Zealand and their population is growing.
Population: the last total population estimate was 200,000 in 2001. It will be higher now, but unknown by how much.
Threat status: least concern (population trend: increasing).
Found on: rocky shores throughout mainland New Zealand, the Chatham Islands, and the subantarctic islands, as well as parts of Australia.
Seals are very good swimmers and weaned pups will sometimes travel great distances. On land seals have been found in unusual places such as backyards, drains and streets.
Despite these odd appearances, seals are best left alone with no human intervention.
What to do if you find a sealIf you find a New Zealand fur seal it's usually best to leave it alone, however, there are exceptions.
Facts about New Zealand fur sealThe New Zealand fur seal displays many unique features including its size, range, diet and life cycle.
Threats to New Zealand fur sealAlthough in recovery and no longer on the brink of extinction, there are still numerous threats to the New Zealand fur seal including human impact.
Report illegal activity
If you see anyone disturbing fur seals call the DOC emergency hotline 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468) and report it.