New Zealand Fur Seal

New Zealand Fur Seal

New Zealand Fur Seal Range Map
New Zealand Fur Seal Range Map
(New Zealand & S Australia)

Latin Name Arctocephalus forsteri
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location New Zealand & S Australia
Colour Grey/Brown
Length 1.2 - 2.5 m (3.9 - 8.2 ft)
Weight 30 - 180 Kgs (66 - 400 lbs)
Life Expectancy

15 - 20 Yrs

Main Characteristics

New Zealand Fur Seals have a body length between 1.2 and 2.5 m (3.9 - 8.2 ft) and they weigh between 30 and 180 kgs (66 - 400 lbs). At birth pups are black or dark brown in colour but as they mature they develop silver grey/brown colouration.


New Zealand Fur Seals can be found in New Zealand and Southern Australia.


New Zealand Fur Seals feed on fish, squid and octopus.


New Zealand Fur Seals have a gestation period of 12 months, which includes a period of delayed implantation, and they give birth to a single pup. At birth the pup weighs approximately 4 kgs (8.8 lbs) and they are weaned at around 10 months old.

Females reach sexual maturity at 4 - 6 years of age and males at around 6 - 8 years of age.


Predators of New Zealand Fur Seals include sharks and killer whales.


New Zealand Fur Seals have no subspecies

Interesting Facts

New Zealand Fur Seals are also known as:
Southern Fur Seal
Kekeno (Maori)

Similar Animals

South American Fur Seal
Antarctic Fur Seal
Subantarctic Fur Seal
Cape Fur Seal
Galapagos Fur Seal
Guadalupe Fur Seal
Juan Fernandez Fur Seal
Northern Fur Seal


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