Pairi Daiza Foundation


Harbor seal

Phoques - Pairi Daiza

5 to 6 million individuals

With a population estimated at approximately 5 to 6 million, this species (divided into several subspecies) is present all along the coasts of the northern hemisphere.

The females give birth to their young, once a year, after a nine-month gestation period. The baby seals are born on land and are able, after barely a few hours, to swim and dive. They feed on their mother's milk, very rich in fat content, for barely 3 to 4 weeks, during which period of time they double their weight!

When they lose their winter fur, Harbour Seals cease to feed for weeks. This behaviour is also known among some species of penguin during their moult (of feathers) – like, for example, the Jackass Penguins that can be seen at Pairi Daiza.

In Pairi Daiza

Three harbour seals in the Jardin des Mondes

In Pairi Daiza, you can view thirteen harbour seals, at Cambron-by-the-Sea. The two latest arrivals, born in 2017 in the Jardin des Mondes, are called Bonie and Stich.

Phoques - Pairi Daiza
Identity card

A less threathened species

  • Name: Harbour seal
  • Latin name: Phoca vitulina
  • Origin: Northern hemisphere
  • IUCN-status: Least concerned
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Phoques - Pairi Daiza
Closer to the animals

Be there when the harbour seals are being fed

In Pairi Daiza, you can be present when the harbour seals are being fed. Make your way to Cambron-by-the-Sea to see our animals as close up as possible as they come up on the beach and the pier to meet their keepers to...the fish they are offered.


Working with the seals is a privilege. A mutual trust has developed between them and I and it gives me a sense of professional and personal achievement.

Sponsor the harbour seals

Sponsorship amounts are exclusively for the Pairi Daiza Foundation for projects for the conservation and protection of threatened species.

Je parraine les Phoques communs