Hoiho

Yellow-eyed Penguin

Danger

Penguins are one of the oldest and most specialised bird families. But will the hoiho be able to survive the loss of its habitat, predation, the disturbance by humans and livestock, and recurring food shortages?

We have destroyed much of the yellow-eyed penguin's natural habitat by clearing and burning coastal forest over the years. Ferrets, stoats and cats, all introduced, prey on the penguin chicks to a disastrous degree. Set nets left unattended can drown the penguins. Seasons when food is short at sea add to the problem.

The yellow-eyed penguin is working hard to rear chicks, but if the struggle gets any worse the joyful noise of penguins greeting each other at their nests will be replaced by silence.


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