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Penguin of the Year


Mo - Penguin of the Year 2021

Penguin of the Year 2021 winner is:  Mo!

Loved for his mischievous antics, Mo’s group of passionate followers campaigned hard and after three years as a finalist he finally has his flippers on the trophy for Penguin of the Year 2021.
We know there’ll be celebrations worldwide for the win, a lot of high ‘flippers’, squawking and hopping for joy. This may ruffle a few feathers of our Burny and Martin fans, but we have to say it was an avalanche of a victory.
Full credit surely goes to our amazing Kororā fans. We love hearing from you, reading your comments and sharing your positive messages to our dedicated team here at the National Aquarium of New Zealand. Thank you, we love all our wonderful Kororā and let’s all keep protecting these wonderful birds.

About Mo

Mo is officially our naughtiest penguin (making it on the Naughty Penguin of the Month board nine times, and good penguin twice). He's a dedicated fish stealer - stealing nine fish in one feeding time, and other times just stealing them for the fun of it because he then spits them out! He can be a bit lazy, getting up just before breakfast then trying to go back to bed again. His girlfriend Betty tries to keep him on the straight and narrow though, so he did go through a phase of swimming a lot in the morning.

The National Aquarium's Little Penguins (Kororā)



 The Little Penguin (Kororā) is the world’s smallest species of penguin and is native to New Zealand (as well as South Australia). Their name is perfect, because Little Penguins only grow to about 30cm tall, and usually only weigh around 1kg.

The National Aquarium is a rehabilitation centre for Little Penguins. Some penguins are brought in because they've been abandoned as chicks, are partially sighted, have become sick in the wild, or have been injured in dog attacks. Some are also missing flippers due to getting caught in fishing nylon.

Once recovered and ready, Little Penguins are sent back out into the wild. But some are unfortunately not strong enough to return to their natural habitats, so they find a permanent home at the Aquarium's Penguin Cove.

We can't wait to show you our world.

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