Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife wants to install
motion-sensing cameras, a thermal camera and flashing-light fox
In June, a fox discovered the colony of little penguins in the Sydney suburb of Manly, resulting in carnage.
Photograph: David Gray/Reuters
Wednesday 2 September 2015
Conservationists want to install motion-sensing cameras and fox-deterring lights at the last mainland penguin colony in New South Wales, after a fox killed 27 of the endangered birds in just 11 days.
In June, a fox discovered the colony of little penguins in the Sydney suburb of Manly, resulting in carnage. There were just 60 breeding pairs in the colony before the attacks.
The fox thought responsible was subsequently shot. It had evaded various traps to infiltrate the colony.
The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife,
which has helped fund volunteers and nest boxes for the penguins since
1999, now wants to install new technology to thwart further fox attacks.
The group is seeking $20,000 to install 20 motion-sensing cameras, a
thermal camera to detect the body heat of predators and five fox
deterrents that emit bright flashing lights. It will also buy a further
10 nesting boxes to help the penguins rebuild their population.
The penguin colony was declared endangered in 1997. Foxes, dogs and
urban development have wiped out other penguin populations in NSW, with
only a few island-based groups left. Manly is the last mainland penguin
location in the state.
Monitoring of the colony shows that it had been in decent health –
the 2013-14 breeding season was successful with 174 eggs laid and 146
Little penguins are found only in southern Australia and New Zealand.
They are less than 40cm tall and weigh just 1kg, but have razor-sharp
beaks and can provide a nasty nip to people who flout the law by trying
to pick them up.
“The tragedy of the fox attack makes this fundraising extremely
important,” said Susanna Bradshaw, the foundation’s chief executive.
“This is the only mainland breeding colony left in NSW and I think
the people of Manly have a sense of ownership over them. We want to
reach out to the local community to help.”
The foundation has launched a fundraising page for the defence of the penguin colony.
African penguins, the tourist attraction near Cape Town, South
Africa, which are the continents only flightless bird are on the verge
of being extinct. This rapid decline has led to a ban on commercial
fishing in four key areas seven years ago to see whether that could help
save the penguins.
Although officials have put a ban on fishing in almost four key areas
seven years ago to help save the penguins. But still scientists are
debating whether fishing is the only major threat to the population of
As per experts, if the present situation continued, then in no time
the specie will disappear. In the 1930s, South Africa's largest colony
had a several million of African penguins. But at present only 100,000
of the birds remain in all of South Africa and neighboring Namibia, the
only places where the species exists.
Anchovies and sardines, which are the biggest components of South
Africa's fishing industry, are also the primary food sources of the
African penguins. Both fisheries scientists and bird specialists agree
that the decline of the penguin began around 2004 with a shift in
anchovies and sardines away from the colonies.
Scientists said they are still not sure why the fish have moved from
the colonies, but they hypotheses that the possible cause could be
climate change, overfishing and natural fluctuations. So far several penguins have died or abandoned their chicks, with
hundreds winding up in the crowded outdoor pens of a rehabilitation
center run by the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of
Coastal Birds, which releases rehabilitated penguins into the wild every
Over $15,000 Raised for
Yellow-Eyed Penguins on Real Journeys
The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust
will employ a researcher to find out why yellow-eyed penguin
numbers are decreasing near Stewart Island, following a
$15,335 funding boost from Real Journeys
In the last twelve
years, the number of penguin breeding pairs has almost
halved on Codfish Island/Whenua Hou near Stewart
Island/Rakiura and the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust (YEPT)
needed external funding to help find out why this was
occurring on a predator-free island.
As a successful
applicant for Real Journeys ‘Cruise-for-a-Cause’, the
penguin trust was able to sell tickets to an entire Doubtful
Sound Overnight Cruise and keep 100% of all the money
Seventy-two guests enjoyed the pre-season cruise
over the weekend, complete with dinner, breakfast and
kayaking. It was also the final training preparation for
the Real Journeys Fiordland Navigator staff. “What a
team! Their enthusiasm for the wonders of the fiords,
wildlife and weather was infectious!” says Sue Murray,
General Manager, YEPT. “We had the best trip ever – I
only heard praise from all on board!” (See the
Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust’s account of the trip
“The funds raised from the sale of tickets
will support the monitoring of yellow-eyed penguins on
Rakiura/Stewart Island over the next breeding season,”
says Sue. “Thank you Real Journeys for this wonderful
opportunity both to raise funds and for us to appreciate
this world class location.”
Real Journeys Chief
Executive, Richard Lauders says the fundraiser was “a
great way to start our Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
season. It’s good for our training and our teams love
being part of it. The same community initiative will launch
our Milford Sound Overnight Cruises later this month (18
Sept) and this time the Queenstown Lakes Family Centre is
the charity involved. They’re adding a unique twist by
bringing an opera singer on board and there are still
tickets available; so support them if you can – we’d
like to help them raise heaps.”
Last month, Real
Journeys held a “Birds of a Feather Charity Ball” at
Walter Peak, which raised over $35,000 towards Kakapo
Recovery and this week the company is holding a special
Discovery Expedition to raise funds for the Department of
Conservation’s Dusky Sound Conservation and Restoration
Calgary Zoo wants public's help naming penguin chick
Emilio, Alejandro, or Lorenzo… you get to decide!!
The Calgary Zoo is looking to Calgarians for help deciding the name of the newest Humboldt penguin chick.
Trish Exton-Parder with the zoo says keepers have come up with a few
spanish names based on the species as Humboldt penguins are from South
You have until the end of the week to cast your vote on the zoo’s website.
Looking like small tuxedoed guests, three penguin chicks are making their public debut at the Detroit Zoo’s Penguinarium. The trio hatched in late May. They “joined the Zoo’s adult
penguin colony once they ‘fledged,’ or grew their juvenile feathers,”
said zoo spokeswoman Patricia Janeway in a statement.
The hatchlings are Bubbles, a male rockhopper; Vivie, a female
marconi; and Minnie, a female rockhopper. Minnie is the first born of
Tina, a 31-year-old penguin at the zoo. “Rockhopper penguins live an average of 10 years in the wild,”
said Scott Carter, chief life sciences officer at the zoo, in a
statement, “so for one to have a chick at 31 is significant. Tina’s long
life is typical of many animals in zoos -- the result of proper diet,
regular health care and the absence of predators.”
The zoo is home to four species of penguins, including marconi, rockhopper, king and gentoo. All the penguins are scheduled to be moved into a new home early
next year after the zoo completes the Polk Penguin Conservation Center
near the front of the grounds at 10 Mile and Woodward.
Once completed, the $29.5 million center will cover 33,000 square feet and be the largest of its kind in the world. One dramatic feature of the facility will be a penguin “deep
dive” with views above and below water as the birds dive and soar
through 310,00 gallons of chilled water in a 25-foot-deep aquatic area. The feature will allow visitors to see the penguins deep dive
which is something that cannot be seen anywhere else, according to the
zoo’s website. The facility will also have 4-D effects such as arctic blasts. rough waves and snow, and elements such as ice crevasses.
After the zoo’s more than 80 penguins move into the new center,
the former Penguinarium will be turned into a bat conservation center.
The Penguin Camera is located on Torgersen Island (64°46’S, 64°04’W), off the coast of Anvers Island and less than a mile from Palmer Station. Torgersen Island is home to a colony of Adélie penguins numbering approximately 2,500. This camera is seasonal and operates primarily from October to February, the Adélie breeding season. The camera is solar-powered and may sometimes experience brief outages due to inclement weather. School classrooms and other educational demonstrations will often take control of the camera, moving it to gain better views of the colony.
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