The Canterbury White-flippered Penguin

Boulder Bay, CanterburyThe White-flippered penguin is one of the smallest and most endangered penguins in the world. It is endemic to Canterbury, New Zealand breeding only on Banks Peninsula and Motunau Island.

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News Update

March 2012

Effect of the Christchurch earthquakes on the local penguin population: a close run thing.

Most of the white-flippered penguin colonies in the Christchurch area are below near vertical coastal bluffs which have been prone to rock fall during the recent series of earthquakes. Fortunately for the penguins, the largest rock falls have occurred on the more exposed parts of the coastline which are least preferred habitat, and mainly at times of the year when few if any birds were ashore. As a result, the overall effect of the earthquakes on the penguin population appears to have been minimal with the 2010 and 2011 breeding seasons being largely unaffected.
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