By sponsoring a Little Blue Penguin , you will be helping the Western Bay Wildlife Trust to protect the population of Little Blue Penguins at Mount Maunganui.
You will also be protecting other endemic species such as Petrels, Geckos, Skinks and native plants as we are involved with protecting and enhancing the habitats of these special species.
Larry is the entertainer of the group. His class clown antics kept the other penguins spirits up during the Rena oil spill and his partner Pebbles is his biggest fan. It is rumoured that he can juggle five fish at once and do backflips, but no one has seen him juggle more than three. Their burrow is a short walk round Mauao and has fantastic views of Matakana Island.
ID: 982 000 167 691 347
Location: 2nd B12 Mauao
An artist, Michelangelo likes to ‘paint’ using a green and white colour scheme. His art can be seen all over Mauao and he has even been kind enough to share some of his work with the penguin team, redecorating many of the drab black bags they use to weigh birds in. His partner Echo does not appreciate it when he brings his work inside the burrow. When he became oiled he took the opportunity to redecorate all of the rescue centre crates much to the disgust of the other residents.
ID: 982 000 167 693 174
Location: Flat Boulder, Mauao
Pebbles lives on Mauao with her partner Larry. Both of them managed to avoid the oil spilt from the cargo ship Rena, and continue to raise two healthy, beautiful chicks each year. She is a bit prissy and hates moulting season because of what it does to her feathers. She can often be heard complaining about the fishy smell and the mess in the nest.
ID: 982 000 167 747 460
Location: 2nd B12, Mauao
Sergeant Pepper is the guardian of North West Rock. He is always one of the first to come ashore and is responsible for letting the other penguins know when the coast is clear for landing operations to commence. During nesting season he is the front line of attack against rats but could use some help. Master of PenFu (penguin Kung Fu) and is known for charging anybody that comes near those he protects.
ID: 982 009 106 457 340
Location: North West Rock, Mauao