South American fur seals can move surprisingly fast on land but their streamlined shape, flipperlike limbs, fur and blubber mean they are most at home in the sea. This species has the longest continuous record of human exploitation of any fur seal, having long been hunted for it's fur, skin and oil.

It is now a protected species and Living Coasts is breeding fur seals as part of the European Stud Book programme run by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).
 

how do i adopt a fur seal?

First choose the adoption package you wish to purchase from the options below, and then make your animal selection.

Adoptions apply to the species rather than individual animals. This is because some of our animals may move to other zoos as part of breeding programmes. If your adopted species moves, we will advise you and you will be given the opportunity to transfer your adoption to another species.

asian short clawed otters

fur seal Adoption Pack - £30

  • An adopter’s certificate
  • A fact sheet about the fur seal
  • Your name displayed at Living Coasts for 12 months
  • A thank you letter
  • A photograph of the fur seal

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tufted puffin

Junior Adoption Gift Box - £52

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A fur seal soft toy* 
  • One junior entrance ticket to Living Coasts
  • All packed in a presentation box

*soft toys are subject to change.

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South American fur seal

Adult Adoption Gift Box - £57

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A Living Coasts mug
  • One adult entrance ticket to Living Coasts
  • All packed in a presentation box

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Adopt a fur seal

Glass Adoption Gift Box - £70

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A glass penguin specially designed by Teign Valley Glass
  • An adult entrance ticket
  • All packed in a presentation box

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