CRESTED PENGUIN

CRESTED PENGUIN
The Fiordland crested penguin or tawaki, is one of the rarest of New Zealand’s mainland penguins.
The current tawaki population is between 2,500 and 3,000 breeding pairs and has been in decline since the 1950s.
Tawaki are highly susceptible to human disturbance when nesting. There is a concern that increased nature tourism in South Westland and Fiordland may disturb breeding birds and cause nests to fail.
Stoats and dogs pose a serious risk to tawaki colonies. Stoats prey on both chicks and sick or injured adults, while a single dog has the potential to wipe out an entire colony.
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