There are, at most, between 3000 and 4000 New Zealand sea lions in existence. They were abundant at their time of discovery in 1806, but their numbers quickly diminished. They were exploited by settlers and shipwrecked sailors for their hides and oil. Although they have been protected by law since 1894, their numbers have remained unchanged in 70 years.
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: vulnerable
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