The Blue Penguin is the world’s smallest penguin at just 35-43cm tall, and weighing a little over 1 kg. It is found in many places around New Zealand and Australia and is a protected native species.
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.
This morning, Trust Chair, Kerry-Jayne Wilson, called by to inspect the Pahuatane penguin fence and was pleased at the progress being made and impressed by the professional job being done. Read more
After years of planning and talks, construction of a fence which will cover 2.3km of the Coast Road started last week on a corner that has claimed the lives of dozens of blue penguins. Read more
The West Coast Blue Penguin Trust’s restoration project, on the north edge of Hokitika, received a boost this morning as an enthusiastic group planted around 250 native plants to create penguin habitat and shelter.
The Trust has been working towards the installation of a fence along sections of State Highway 6 where penguin mortality has been disastrous in recent years and, with great support from Holcim NZ, Maccaferri NZ, Resene and many donations from supporters, work is finally set to commence next week.
|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|