This rectangular box is ideal for yellow-eyed penguins that want to breed out in the open, e.g. in a grazed paddock, because the whole family fits inside in the shade. Chicky has chosen a mate who owned an A-frame - sponsored as Flipper Palace - but there is not much shade around that box for the family. So we parked this sponsored box next to theirs and it was there last year but the family did not use it. They are this year though - finally they have caught onto their second house!
This sponsored box was inhabited by a family in the past but this year is occupied by a single male. He took to his dummy egg for a while but got a bit bored with it. Fortunately he appears to be not the jealous type and is leaving the neighbour family with one chick alone. He is prospecting and we have spotted some good-looking juveniles in the vicinity. He has a house - now he needs to attract a young female so he can breed again next year. Good luck, buddy - you make a great dad.
All of us here at Penguin Rescue wish all of you wonderful penguin lovers a wonderful Christmas and festive season. Thank you all so much for your interest and support - the penguins need it all to survive. We truly appreciate all your comments here on FB and especially want to thank all of you wonderful sponsors out there.
A double sponsorship for this family with the female newly named Shannon and the box was also given a name. Two chicks are being raised here - and with all that support and interest coming their way they will do well, no doubt. Thank you!
This young family got a generous new sponsor and so their house is now named. The chicks are still quite small and tucked in under the parent - hence it was not possible to have both chicks, adult and the name of the box in one photo. Once the chicks grow and move about that will happen. Thank you!
She is one of our favourites because she was named as a chick - it's a 50:50 chance with the sexing when they are little - and we got it "wrong". Or maybe not. She is a mighty penguin with two chicks to raise this year with a new mate (he suspect that her mate died of Malaria despite of our best efforts - he was very sick there for a while but we did release him). She might be named after the god of thunder but we will still be watching over her and her chicks making sure all is well.
The pair in this sponsored box has not had a lot of success in recent year - so we are delighted that they are raising a couple of chicks. In fact the chicks are so grown up already that they are hanging out outside their nest box - with a parent in attendance still of course.
She has changed her life a little from last year: she has a new mate and a new house. We don't know whether her mate is still alive but a single penguin has been seen in the vicinity of her old nest and it could be him. She is doing well with her new - and younger - mate and they are raising two chicks.
He is Bequette's neighbour and is named after a special young man. He is very reliable and usually raises two chicks with his mate. This year it is the same and they are doing well.