Sydney Harbour is home to a colony of fairy penguins, one of the few colonies in the world to inhabit a major city. A few years ago the colony was listed as endangered as its size had fallen to 60 breeding pairs. In 2005 captive-bred penguins were released into the colony to boost its numbers.
The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife installed breeding boxes along the harbour foreshore to increase breeding success. I did a bit of volunteer work with them last year and it was so rewarding to see that the breeding and nesting boxes were working.
The good news is that the penguins are breeding well and that the decline in their numbers has been halted. The Sydney Harbour fairy penguins are now the
“healthiest and fattest in Australia.”
I’ve got to tell you, I love fairy penguins. They are the most adorable little creatures you could ever hope to see. It is so encouraging to know they are flourishing in an urban environment.
Never seen a fairy penguin up close? Check them out via the Sydney Aquarium penguin cam. They are soooo cute.