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South African Fur Seal

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Excellent swimmers

The marine mammal from South Africa

These magnificent marine mammals are excellent swimmers, spending the most of their time in the ocean but resting and reproducing in large colonies, along the rocky coasts and islets, more rarely on the sandy beaches of Southern Africa.

Another subspecies lives in Australia and Tasmania. The male can be up to 2m30 long with a weight of 200 to 300 kg. The female is about 1m50 long and weighs up to 120 kg. Seabears feed on fish, shellfish, octopi and, occasionally, seabirds. Their predators are Great White Sharks and Killer Whales.

When diving, their heart rate may decrease by half and certain organs, like their kidneys, are temporarily cut off blood-circulation in order to save energy.

Formerly victims of excessive hunting for their silky fur (lying beneath the external fur which is stiff and well insulated against the cold ocean water), South African Fur Seals have become common once again and are no longer in danger.

In Pairi Daiza

Five South African Fur Seals

The South African Fur Seals living in the « Jardin des Mondes » are Numba, Babelutte, Spirit, Mandela and Sälma.

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Identity card

A less threatened species

  • Name: South African Fur Seal
  • Latin name: Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus
  • Origin: South African Coasts
  • IUCN status: Least concerned
  • Cites: Appendix II

Sponsor the South African Fur Seal

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

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