Many visitors from around the world come to Oamaru and enjoy a visit to our two penguin colonies, the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony and the nearby Yellow-Eyed Penguin Colony. The nightly sight of these penguins returning from the sea to their land-based nests delights thousands, who go home where they can cherish the memory of their time with these special and endangered birds.
It’s only a small handful of people who decide to do something to make sure that many thousands more will be able to enjoy these charming birds for generations to come by helping to protect their habitats and support conservation efforts. One such visitor was a 10-year old English girl named Phoebe who visited family friends in Oamaru this past April. Her time watching the penguins obviously made an impact, since she returned to England wanting to help protect the blue penguins, which are the smallest penguins in the world. She had also learned that the yellow-eyed penguins, the world’s rarest, might become extinct if more is not done to protect their habitat.
To help raise funds for penguin conservation, Phoebe worked with an illustrator named Helen Ward to design cards with an inscription on the back stating that the proceeds will help protect Oamaru’s two penguin species. She sells the cards at her school back in England, and now they are also available at the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, too.