Study helps reveal true penguin diet

Posted on 31/03/2014 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Little penguin in bushes

We are what we eat, right? But determining just what top marine predators consume has been a challenge for marine biologists and something of a Holy Grail in marine ecology.

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Size matters in the penguin colony

Posted on 23/12/2013 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Penguin adult with chicks lores

It’s a pastime usually reserved for insomniacs and sheep, but biologists have taken it one step further with 40 plus years of penguin counting at the world-famous penguin colony on Phillip Island, and their results are having important implications for conservation.

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Fox Free Phillip Island

Posted on 09/10/2013 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Introduced foxes established on Phillip Island in 1907 and quickly became a major threat to the island’s wildlife - including the iconic little penguins. The fox population was held below carrying capacity for more than 20 years without preventing population-threatening predation on penguins and other seabirds. Successful control came following implementation of island-wide baiting four-times per year in 2005. First indications for success were a dramatic increase in the ratio of juvenile to adu

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