Education staff from Taronga Zoo and Little Penguin specialists have been out in the Manly area with local school students recently for the next stage of Project Penguin.
Hundreds of students came from primary schools and secondary colleges across the northern beaches. Some conducted assessments in habitat very similar to that of the Little Penguin to see what impacts pollution and weeds were having on the species, while others listened to talks from local Penguin Wardens and staff from the Manly Environment Centre.
Students even got behind the camera at Manly Warf to interview local citizens about the Little Penguin colony in Manly to see how much community awareness there was. The residents took to the questions with ease and the survey identified that some knew a lot about the penguins, making the community awareness program well worth while.
“We’re really excited that this year Taronga is taking Project Penguin to the next level. We’ve got community partners on board to aid in the messages of action going even further. Soon the public will see the kids’ campaigns displayed throughout Northern Beaches’ shops, cafes, community services and even local heroes such as the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles are in full support.” said Nikki Bodel, Education Officer.
The program wraps up on June 22 with the students’ awareness campaigns being displayed at Taronga Zoo during an Expo Day.
- Zoo Communications