Little penguins/kororā have to protect themselves from predators in the wild such as seals, sharks, and other large birds. Did you know they also have to protect themselves from us?
Many kororā that are brought to the National Aquarium of New Zealand to live at Penguin Cove have been injured or became sick because of the actions of people. Here are some examples:
Other little penguins at the Aquarium have also been abandoned as chicks such as Mo, Dora and Mr Mac. There could be many reasons for this. However issues such as loud noises, caused by all manner of things, can make penguin parents leave their habitat and abandon their chicks. Penguins are also having to travel further out to sea for their food due to higher sea temperatures which push the smaller fish further out to sea to find cooler water.
Martin and Marina came to the Aquarium following a predator attack. We suspect from the injuries sustained that these could have come from a dog or cat.
Call 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468) immediately if you see an injured penguin, or anyone catching, harming, or killing our native wildlife. We work closely with the DOC team and they’ll call on us to assist with rehabilitation where necessary.
The National Aquarium of New Zealand’s Animal Team are a passionate group of wildlife and conservation professionals. They are dedicated to ensuring that the kōrora living permanently at the Aquarium experience an environment that is as close to their natural habitat as possible. The kōrora at Penguin Cove have lots of space to waddle across their own private beach and then dart through the water as they go about their penguin business.
24 September 2021
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