Adopt A Penguin

Thank you for looking in our “Adopt a penguin” section.
We have a number of options for you to choose from.
You can help out with the intensive predator control, which protects the penguins in their natural habitat. You can also help finance food and medications for the penguins that come into rehabilitation. You can adopt a nesting box to help new penguin couples settle down in a new home. Anything you might like to donate can also help fund research programs. There is an opportunity for everybody.
The set fees to help with our conservation and research last for a full year and can be renewed annually.

For all contributions you will receive a certificate of sponsorship, a penguin specie card and "Adopt a penguin" sponsors you will also receive a cute little penguin toy.
Choose an Adoption Package
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    Adopt a Penguin
    By adopting a penguin you will provide a nesting site. Such a project helps us to monitor the colony from predators but also helps control competition from each other. Little penguins usually dig a hole in the ground, which can take many years to dig in hard clay. By providing a small wooden house for them to move into, naturally being a lazy little bird this suits them just fine and they get right down to the business of creating a family.
    Nesting boxes are placed up to 10 meters apart from each other. Little penguins are very territorial and will fight over a good burrow or nesting site. The more boxes we put in the less fighting we get and the higher the breeding success will be.
    When a male penguin has a house it’s time to find a lady, settle down and have some kids. The happy couple will try to hold this house for life, unless another couple wanting to settle down steals it, which more often than not is by their own grown up chicks.
    All the nesting boxes are placed in a predator controlled area.

    $75btn sponsor

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    Sometimes penguins need a bit of help. Some are found starving and some have injuries and they may have to hang out in the garden for a while to recover after a vet visit.
    Rehabilitation mostly requires food, vitamins, swims and rest.
    Just one little penguin can eat up to 15 to 20 anchovies a day to get them to a good healthy weight ready for release. Your sponsorship pays for this.

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    Predator control
    This is the most important part of penguin conservation, creating a safe habitat for the penguins. Unfortunately traps do not last long in the high salt environment and need upgrading or replacing between 5 and 10 years. The intensive control of introduced predators is vitally important.
    There are many different predators Little penguins now have to face on land as they come home every night to feed their chicks.  Stoats, ferrets, weasels, feral cats, hedgehogs and rats are all predating animals introduced to New Zealand, which was a land of birds with no predating mammals. Stoats, weasels and rats in particular have already caused the extinction of many native bird species and one domestic cat caused the extinction of a whole Wren species when it was unwisely taken onto an offshore island to a lighthouse station. All these introduced species eat penguins or eggs or both.
    Penguins have taken a huge hit from these predators, but now with using humane trapping methods (instant kill traps) this is giving the penguins and their chicks a chance. This is an ongoing effort, requiring new traps, bait and a wage for a trapper.

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    Research section
    Pohatu penguins has ben doing a lot of research in the past and is always looking at new options and researches happening in the penguin world because it is not just about us but about Nature and everything in it.
    So this section is for future researches and sponsorships. It is up to you to give as much as you want but be sure that it will be used to good ends allowing a better understanding of Nature, the impact that predators, human activities, diseases… can have on the environment and so the animal kingdom
    An example of the use of donations and tours: Mid year 2016, we gave $5.000 to a PhD student working on the Yellow eyed penguin determining quantity and quality of their food, investigating the penguins foraging behaviours, relative to their diet and co-existent industrial activities. And this by using techniques limiting to a minimum interactions and so disturbances to the birds.

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