New Zealand Sea Lion

New Zealand Sea Lion

New Zealand Sea Lion Range Map (Subantarctic Islands South of New Zealand)
New Zealand Sea Lion Range Map
(Subantarctic Islands South of New Zealand)

Latin Name Phocarctos hookeri
Conservation Status Vulnerable
Location Subantarctic Islands south of New Zealand
Colour Grey & Brown
Length 2 - 3.3 m (6.5 - 11 ft)
Weight 300 - 450 Kgs (660 - 990 lbs)
Life Expectancy

20 Yrs

Main Characteristics

New Zealand Sea Lions are large sea lions that reach lengths between 2 and 3.3 m (6.5 - 11 ft). Males are coloured dark brown with grey hindquarters and females and juveniles are silver/grey or brown/grey.


New Zealand Sea Lions can be found on a few subantarctic islands south of New Zealand.


New Zealand Sea Lions feed on fish, crabs, penguins and octopus.


After a gestation period of 12 months, New Zealand Sea Lions give birth to a single pup. The pups are weaned within 1 year.

Females reach sexual maturity at around 4 years of age and males around 5 years of age, although males do not normally mate until they are at least 8 years old.



New Zealand Sea Lions have no subspecies

Interesting Facts

New Zealand Sea Lions are also known as:
New Zealand Sealion
Hooker's Sea Lion
Hooker's Sealion
Whakahao (Maori)

Similar Animals

South American Sea Lion
Steller Sea Lion
Galapagos Sea Lion
Japanese Sea Lion
California Sea Lion
Australian Sea Lion


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