Coffs Coast Wildlife Sanctuary Celebrates Birth of Male Seal Pup on International Day of the Seal


Coffs Coast Wildlife Sanctuary Celebrates Birth of Male Seal Pup on International Day of the Seal

On International Day of the Seal, the Coffs Coast Wildlife Sanctuary is delighted to announce the birth of a male seal pup as part of its endangered species management program.  

Born on an evening in early February to proud mother Adelaide, the yet-to-be-named seal pup marks a significant milestone for the Sanctuary’s commitment to the preservation of marine life, particularly the endangered Australian Sea Lion species. 

Manager of Coffs Coast Wildlife Sanctuary, Tiga Cross, expressed profound joy at the arrival of the newest member of their seal family. “The birth of this adorable seal pup fills us with immense joy and reaffirms our dedication to the conservation of Australian Sea Lions. Each birth is a testament to the success of our breeding program and a beacon of hope for the future of this endangered species.” 

The Coffs Coast Wildlife Sanctuary proudly boasts the most successful species management program in the world for the Australian Sea Lion, with this recent arrival marking the 20th seal born as part of the species management program.  

This announcement coincides with the International Day of the Seal, a global observance dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of protecting seals and their habitats. 

Adelaide, the pup’s mother, holds a special place in the Sanctuary’s history, having been rescued as an orphaned pup in 2000. This pup is her second offspring, highlighting the Sanctuary’s role not only in species management but also in the rehabilitation and care of rescued marine animals. 

The Australian Sea Lion population faces numerous threats, including habitat loss, entanglement in fishing gear, and pollution. Through its proactive species management program, the Sanctuary aims to contribute to the repopulation and conservation of this iconic species, ensuring a brighter future for Australian Sea Lions and the marine ecosystems they inhabit. 

International Day of the Seal serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of protecting our oceans and the diverse marine life they sustain. As we celebrate the birth of this precious seal pup, let us renew our commitment to conservation efforts and work together to safeguard the natural world for generations to come. 

While the sea lion pup continues to bond with mum, Adelaide, and learn to swim, he and Adelaide will not be located in Seal Shores, but in a more private space at the Sanctuary, and therefore unavailable for viewing. Stay tuned to our social media pages for more footage and information over the coming months. 

The seal pup’s name will be decided via poll on the Sanctuary’s Facebook page between now and 27 March. To have your say, visit  

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