Project Penguin Blog: Manly Village Public School

Project Penguin Blog: Manly Village Public School

#Taronga Zoo Sydney

Posted on 20th April 2011 by Media Relations

This blog was

written after the Project penguin introduction visit from Education Officers

Cate and Kerry from Taronga Zoo and Project officer Julie from the Northern

Beaches Learning AllianceWe learnt that in 2009, ten Little Penguins

were killed by a dog then seven more were killed last year. This is bad because

we found out that there are only 60 breeding pairs of penguins in Manly. We

also learnt that penguins come back to where they were born to breed and that

there are other conservation projects happening this year in other regions.

We are looking forward to learning

about the Little Penguins and raising awareness and teaching the community

about the penguins. We can’t wait till our excursions to Taronga Zoo and the beach

and helping to clean up the beach for the penguins.

We’re excited about designing our

projects and having the chance to be creative and making a real product for a

real audience. It’ll be great working as a group with our Mackellar Girls

mentors and then getting to see our projects displayed in the community.

If we could talk to the penguins we

would tell them that plastic bags are not food and that if they see a dog to waddle

away as fast as possible. We would ask them how they spend their day and if

they are scared of dogs without leashes?

We wish we could tell them that lots

of children in the Northern Beaches are trying to save them.

- Year 5 students from Manly Village Public Project Penguin Gallery 2011