The blue penguin is the world’s smallest penguin at just 35-43cm tall, and weighs a little over 1kg. It is found in many places around New Zealand and Australia and is a protected native species.
The second penguin on the West Coast is the Fiordland crested penguin or tawaki, which is listed as Nationally Endangered and is likely to be the second rarest penguin in the world and probably the most enigmatic and least understood. Read more about our tawaki project here.
The blue penguin population is declining throughout New Zealand. On the West Coast it is estimated blue penguins only number in the high hundreds to low thousands. Blue penguins need our protection from coastal development, predators, dogs and traffic and we’re working on these issues with your help.
The West Coast Penguin Trust is a charitable trust. Its aim is to conserve the blue penguins, Fiordland crested penguins, other threatened seabirds and their habitat on the West Coast. The Trust raises funds, conducts research and implements practical projects relating to penguins in particular, as well as to other birds subject to similar threats.
Here’s a new 45second video made for the Trust as a finalist in the West Coast Leading Light Awards 2015.
Wellington Zoo veterinary team were able to release a nationally endangered Tawaki (Fiordland crested penguin) back into its wild West Coast habitat, after successful treatment at The Nest Te Kōhanga.
Many of the regular participants were out again for the annual blue penguin census recently. The number of penguin tracks heading out before dawn were up in all but one of the locations visited this year.
Craig Potton will present his personal account of penguin encounters around the Southern hemisphere at a fundraising event for the Trust at Hokitika’s Regent Theatre on Friday 27th November, followed by a rare landscape masterclass on Saturday 28th November.
The West Coast Penguin Trust invites anyone on the coast this weekend (9-12 October) to find out whether penguins live on their beach.
The annual blue penguin census, where Coasters get out onto their local beach and look for penguin tracks, will take place a little later this year, around 9-12 October.
We’re delighted to report that the Trust has been successful in its bid for funding from DOC’s Community Conservation Partnerships Fund! Read more
Spring is springing all around us and penguins up and down the coast are likely to be incubating eggs.
|Scientific Name||Eudyptula minor|
|Common Names||Little Penguin, Blue Penguin, Little Blue Penguin, Fairy Penguin|
|Colour||Slate blue plumage; white chin, throat and shirt front; blue-grey flippers|
|Breeding range||New Zealand, Chatham Islands, Southern Australia|
Brief introduction to the work of the Trust
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