New Zealand sea lion

One of the largest mammals found in New Zealand and the rarest sea lion species in the world

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New Zealand sea lion males are blackish-brown with a well-defined mane around their shoulders, whereas females are light grey with darker shades around the flippers. Pups have dark brown natal pelage and become dark grey with cream markings on top of their head. Their head is short and blunt compared to other species of sea lions.

These sea lions are considered the most threatened sea lion in the world, and their population is mainly driven by the breeding population in the Auckland Islands. They suffer from threats such as commercial fishery bycatch, food limitation, disease, subsistence hunting, and commercial sealing.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Pacific ocean
2014
Australia
2014
Macquarie Is.
New Zealand
9,880
Official estimate
EN
2014
South Is.

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Group

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No