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!
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.