There are an estimated 20,000 to 50,000 individuals of Galapagos sea lions found mainly in the Galapagos Archipelago. The archipelago is part of an Ecuadorian National Park, which is enclosed by a marine resources reserve. Tourism of the park does persist largely, but is carefully monitored to deter any disturbances (Halpin et al., 2009). El Niño of the early 1980’s greatly affected sea lion populations, causing dozens of yearlings to die, and decreasing the pup fecundity for the following year (Trillimich and Limberger, 1985).
US Federal List: no special status
CITES: no special status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: endangered
- Trillmich, F., D. Limberger. 1985. Drastic effects of El Niño on Galapagos pinnipeds. Oecologia, 67: 19-22. Accessed February 02, 2009 at http://www.springerlink.com/content/p83r389p73017873/.