The Journey of the Little Penguin
By Manjot, Shirin, and Zainab
- smallest of the 17 penguin species in size with blue and grey feathers
-the population of the penguins rang from 350-600,000
- Only penguin species that breeds in Australia, live on the Southern coast near Perth and the Coffs Harbour in the North. Also found in New Zealand
The Phylogenetic Tree
- attacked by dogs, cats and foxes resulting in the lower population
- destruction of nesting habitats due to human activities
- pollution and disturbance from human leisure activities (Jet skiers)
- less food supply
The threats are increasing due to the occurrence of the human activities and disturbances.
Conservation in Action
- protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Acts 1974
- Sydney Harbor is protected as an endangered population under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995
If you live near a little penguin colony, you can help by..
- never allow your dog or cat to roam free in areas where the little penguin may have its breeding sites or burrows
- if you see little penguins when you are near the coast, keep your distance - you may be near breeding sites or habitat areas which can easily be disturbed
- if you would like to help the research program into little penguins, contact the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, which has established a fund for research and recovery work for the species.