Thursday, August 27, 2009

Everyone Is Waiting For the Penguins to Arrive at EcoWorld Aquarium

Everyone Is Waiting For the Penguins to Arrive at EcoWorld Aquarium
Wed, 8/26/2009 - 10:48 AM

By John Reuhman

Picton, NZ - Just like an expectant father, EcoWorld manager Regan Russell is awaiting the arrival of some very special additions to Picton’s Aquarium. Over the next few months there will be many changes to EcoWorld to accommodate the smallest penguins in the world – Little Blue Penguins. Regan explains.

“Its been an involved process with much discussion between EcoWorld, DOC and Port Marlborough.

Little Blue Penguins are native to New Zealand and are seen in the water and found nesting under baches and wharves throughout the Marlborough Sounds.

This species of penguin is in decline in the wild, especially in areas where they are not protected from predators. There are often conflicts between man and penguin. We hope we can help with the relocation of “nuisance” Little Blue Penguins.

We also hope to rehome and rehabilitate injured penguins and provide a safe nesting area for these birds.

We can’t wait to get started”.

The penguins will be free to come and go from the display, which will include nesting boxes equipped with remote cameras. The colony will provide obvious conservation and education value.

EcoWorld is hugely grateful to DOC and Port Marlborough for their enthusiastic support and also for the abundant knowledge of penguin experts throughout the country.

Viewing of penguins is a big success in Oamaru and in Australia with Phillip Island penguins being one of Australia’s most popular tourist attractions.

EcoWorld is also waiting the introduction of more native species.


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