New Zealand Fur Seals – Kangaroo Island’s Wonderful Wildlife

Kangaroo Island is known worldwide as being one of the very best destinations to view one of the planet’s most diverse and interesting range of animals and wildlife, from Australia’s famous kangaroo to the marine mammals swirling through the large schools of fish. The Island is so full of life and a trip here is sure to be paradise for any nature lovers.

Across the 4400km² island the incredible scenery showcases Australia’s staggering diversity in the hundreds of different natural habitats that adorn this marvellous landscape. This provides the perfect environment for a multitude of animals to live and flourish, and the true beauty of this island can be found in its residents. This is reflected in the fact that more than a third of the island’s landmass is reserved wildlife conservation areas and national parks.

The island wasn’t always such a wonderful place of nurturing for these animals though, the New Zealand fur seal was once an endangered mammal on the island, with their numbers dwindling in the hundreds, this was due to their harvest by early European settlers. Fortunately, the shores of Australia’s Kangaroo Island are now home to a population of almost 100 000 of these seals, and this rise in numbers has added yet another great attraction to the list of reasons to visit this incredible island.

Despite what the name might suggest, the New Zealand fur seal is actually native to Australia, which has lead to it’s name having been changed to the long-nosed fur seal. These fascinating creatures can range in size from tiny pups to 250kg full grown males that can reach as long as 2m. They can dive to depths of up to 380m, which is the deepest of all fur seals. While they may seem quite ungainly on land as they flop about on the rocks and roll over as they sunbathe, these creatures display a wonderful grace as they slide effortlessly through the clear waters of the Great Australian Bight. The best place to get acquainted with these delightful animals is at Admirals Arch where you can take a stroll along the coast and view them in their natural habitat.

The beautiful Kangaroo island is a bountiful landscape full to brimming with some of the world’s most unique and fascinating animals.