The arms consist of a shield containing a golden lion rampant holding a torch, representing the United Kingdom and discovery. The background of the shield is blue and white estoiles, from the arms of James Cook who discovered the islands. The supporters are a fur seal and a macaroni penguin, both animals native to the islands. The crest is a reindeer, from the two herds of reindeer found on South Georgia Island. The seal stands on a mountain, while the penguin stands on ice.
The motto is Leo Terram Propriam Protegat (Latin: “[Let the] Lion protect his own land”).