The blue penguin is the world’s smallest penguin at just 35-43cm tall, and weighing 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. 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.
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.
The West Coast Penguin Trust has today been named as a finalist in both the Not For Profit and the Environment categories of the 2014 West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards. Read more
Tired and sore after an energetic night with the Westland petrels last night, Trust Chair, Kerry-Jayne Wilson, filed a report.
All are welcome at the Trust’s illustrated talks at the Heartland World Heritage Hotel, Haast on Friday at 7pm.
Trust Chair, Kerry-Jayne Wilson, is one of the authors of a recently published and important paper detailing 20 years of conservation of the endangered Chatham petrel.
The Grey District Aquatic Centre is planning a Virtual Cook Strait Swim to raise funds for local charities. The West Coast Penguin Trust will be there and we need you!
The Trust has again been connecting up with children this summer and there’s more planned in the coming weeks.
We’ve just become aware of Penguin Awareness Day! What can you do today, or any day, to share the love of penguins?
The West Coast Penguin Trust is delighted to announce the search for a new Trustee and is inviting applications. Do you have the time, enthusiasm, skills and love of the Coast and its wildlife that the Trust is seeking?
On 23 December, Trust Ranger Reuben Lane and Chairperson Kerry-Jayne Wilson surveyed the sooty shearwaters at Cape Foulwind and the gulls and terns breeding on nearby Wall Island. It looks like a good season for all. (Photo: Graeme Taylor)
On Westland Anniversary Day (1 December), a juvenile Fiordland crested penguin (tawaki) was found on Hokitika beach, in need of protection and tender care.
|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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