Manly's little penguins

The little penguins that call Manly home are endangered and face threats both at sea and on land.

Project name Saving Manly's little penguins

Species name

Little penguin (Eudyptula minor)

Location

Manly

Project description

The little penguin colony in Manly is loved by the community and the thousands of tourists that visit Manly’s shores. The little penguins that call Manly home are endangered and face threats both at sea and on land.

This project proposes to understand and tackle offshore risks, such as fast boats, through research and community education around boating and other water-based recreation. The focus of the education would be people visiting the foreshore and waterway, both the local community and tourists.

There is also potential for onshore habitat restoration around the foreshore on North Head.

Partners

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Northern Beaches Council

National Parks and Wildlife Service Volunteer Penguin Wardens

Landcare Australia

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

Taronga Zoo

Q Station

Australian Institute of Police Management

Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife

Funds or contribution

$20,000 for research and education

$30,000 for habitat enhancement

Desired outcomes

Establish a sustainable population of little penguins where there is sufficient habitat to allow for successful breeding each year.

Achieve community recognition and minimise threats so as not to undermine breeding success.