The penguin parade

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part of the penguin parade

Visitors to the Australian state of Victoria are often drawn to the penguins on Philip Island which is to be found just an hour and a half from Melbourne, the state capital.

Just as the yearly stocktake of animals has been taking place this week at London Zoo, so a similar event has been taking place on Phillip Island. It looks as though the population has more than doubled since 1984 which is not only good news for the conservation techniques but good news for visitors. There are more to see. The rise in the number is partially due also to the policy of the government in Victoria in buying up over 180 homes, levelling the buildings so that the habitat has been expanded.

Although the penguins are sufficient in themselves to draw visitors, the island houses the Penguin Parade, the Koala Conservation Centre; Churchill Island Heritage Farm; and the Nobbies Centre as well as other recreational areas, including beaches, wetlands and woodlands. So day trippers certainly get their monies worth.

Phillip Island Nature Parks was created by the State Government of Victoria in 1996 and comprises over 1,805 hectares of Crown Land set aside under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 “for the conservation of areas of natural interest or beauty or of scientific, historic or archaeological interest.”

For those regular readers of the RSPB monthly stories of what to see, this island has hooded plovers, short-tailed shearwaters and other international migratory bird species, and mammals such as koalas, possums, wallabies, Australian fur seals and bats as well as the penguins. There are also a range of plant communities that includes over 330 native species. Sections of the Nature Parks also fall within or are adjacent to wetlands.

But the penguins are the bigappeal. Wherever you are in the world though there is a free ap that you can download which will provide detailed and interactive information, take you behind the scenes of the penguin colony and help you learn everything you need to know about little penguins.

One final thing. If your visit coincides with Australian school holidays you will probably need to book. It can get very busy.

For more information, click here.

Image © Phillip Island Nature Parks

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