Places for Penguins

We’re giving the Little Penguin a fighting chance of reversing the population decline happening around New Zealand.

This programme focuses on locations around the Miramar Peninsula that are favourable to Little Penguins. These sites provide vegetative cover and can be protected by predator control.Places for Penguins started in Tarakena Bay during Wellington’s Seaweek in 2007. It was built on other Forest & Bird and community penguin protection projects at Oamaru and the West Coast.

To volunteer for the Places for Penguins project contact our co-ordinator

Lifecycle and distribution 

Little Penguins are one of the few coastal birds that live close to urban areas making cars and dogs a real threat. Despite its fiesty nature, this pint-sized penguin has only has 6000 breeding pairs to its name. More 

Planting programmes 

Planting native plants in areas favourable to Little Penguins restores natural habitat and coastal biodiversity. Learn about our planting program, native plants, and how you can join in. More 

Pest control

Dogs and pests, such as rats and mustelids, are all dangerous to
penguins. Find out more about our
pest control program and how you
can help. More 

Urban issues 

Cars present a serious threat to penguins as they cross a road to access nesting sites and roosting areas. Learn more about traffic control and public awareness campaigns. More