Discover more about Little Penguins...
Meet Spinner, the youngest member of our penguin family, who hatched in September 2015. Our keeper Libby in her many years of working with penguins has never met a bird who is as inquisitive and people-orientated as little Spinny. At the moment, Spinner is looking a little scruffy and his chest feathers appear to be frayed as he has been preening. As he grows, he will begin to moult and will soon have a better understanding of all this feather business.
The Cheeky One
Mr Black is the little penguin colony’s silverback and hatched in 2008. Dubbed by the team as the cheeky playboy of the raft, he has had multiple girlfriends, but since pairing up with Pinksta in 2014, Mr Black has tamed his flirty ways. Little penguins are monogamous and often stay with the same partner during breeding. These couples are known as breeding pairs. Mr Black has a proud air about him and is usually the last to arrive at the feeding bucket. He's his own penguin, moving at his own pace and time.
Crazy But Caring
Hatched in 2004 is Pinksta is known as the most trying penguin of the colony as she often displays restless behaviour. While playful for the most part, she is also a little wild as she often waddles around in a crazy manner, flicking sand at our keepers. However, Pinksta is also a mama penguin and when she pops her mum hat on, she quickly settles down, becoming extremely nurturing towards her chicks. Despite her craziness, Pinksta is also a very sensitive soul and spent a long time grieving when a previous partner passed away.
Did You Know
In the wild, Little Penguins have many natural predators, including seals and sharks in the water to reptiles and birds on land. Unfortunately, there are now increased threats to the survival of this protected species from domestic and feral animals (such as cats and foxes), to urban sprawl, which reduces the size of their natural habitat and then overfishing, which reduces the penguins’ food stocks.