NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service held a special ceremony this week for the local penguin wardens who dedicated their time to protecting the colony at North Head.
Acting NPWS head Tom Bagnat said that despite losing more than 20 little penguins from a fox attack, the remaining colony was now safe.
“The community has been invaluable in helping parks’ staff to protect the little penguin colony over the past six months,” he said.
“This includes assisting in the nightly vigil to keep the breeding birds safe from fox predation at their most vulnerable times.”
After the fox attacks, a “nights watch” was set up for a number of weeks to scare off any predators and keep the little penguins safe.
Five foxes were removed from north head throughout the breeding season. Until every chick has fledged, the little penguin wardens and NPWS staff will remain on guard.