Thank you for looking into adopting a penguin! Here you can help fund various conservation components and or adopt a penguin.

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 and a Penguin Specie Card. Those adopting a penguin will also receive a cute little penguin toy.

Thank you SO very much for your contribution – it means a lot to us at Pohatu and the Little Penguins!

Choose an Adoption Package
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    Adopt a Penguin

    By adopting a penguin you will provide a new nesting box for a penguin pair! This nesting box creates a safe sanctuary for the penguins to breed and moult as well as providing quick and efficient housing. Without a nesting box our Little Penguins will spend up to 3 years digging the perfect burrow. That’s 3 years without breeding and a lot of lost time. Our penguins are very opportunistic little birds and if they don’t have to spend 3 years constructing a house; they’re not going to do it!

    Nesting boxes are placed up to 10 meters apart from each other as Little penguins are very territorial and need plenty of space. 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 steals it. Often their own chicks will return to try and steal their house!

    All the nesting boxes are placed in a predator controlled area supported by our intensive Predator Control Program.

    $75btn sponsor

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    Sometimes penguins need a bit of help. Every year we find underfed, malnourished, injured and sick penguins in need of care. These penguins will typically eat 15 anchovies per day while in rehabilitation; when we have 10 penguins that’s 150 fish per day and just over 1,000 per week! Your contribution will help pay for these fish and other rehabilitation costs such as vitamins, medications and veterinary bills.

    $45btn sponsor

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    Predator control
    The intensive control of introduced predators is vitally important for our penguins survival. We must create a safe habitat for the penguins or they will no longer return. There are many different land predators Little Penguins must face when they come ashore. Stoats, ferrets, weasels, feral cats, hedgehogs and rats are all predatory animals that have been introduced to New Zealand,. Stoats, weasels and rats, in particular, have already caused the extinction of many native bird species. One domestic cat caused the extinction of an entire Wren species when it was unwisely introduced to an offshore island. All these species eat penguins or eggs or both. We use humane trapping methods (instant kill traps) to rid the area of these predators and to give the penguins and their chicks a chance at life. This is an ongoing effort that requires constant maintenance. You will help fund for new traps, bait and wages for the trappers.

    $50btn sponsor

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    Research section
     Pohatu penguins has done research in the past and is always looking for new opportunities! Your contribution will allow us to expand our knowledge of how these penguins live, human impacts and how we may best protect them. There is still so much to learn!
    An example: Mid year 2016, Pohatu penguins sponsored a PhD student the amount of $5.000. She is 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.

    A minimum of $20btn sponsor





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