Posted on 20/12/2012 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
Over 40 000 knitted penguin jumpers have arrived in Melbourne as an early Christmas present for Phillip Island’s little penguins. The 228 cartons of colourful jumpers, weighing over two tonnes and measuring 16.7 square meters, is the largest ever shipment received by the Penguin Foundation at Phillip Island and will assist the penguins in the event of any future oil spills.
The jumpers are placed on oiled penguins to prevent them from preening their feathers and swallowing the toxic oil. The penguin jumpers were knitted after a mass effort by German volunteers who heard about their use.
“The response from Germany has been overwhelming” said Angela Szeitzli of the Penguin Foundation, a charity dedicated to little penguin conservation.
“We now have a stockpile of jumpers on hand in case of an oil spill near Phillip Island or further abroad.”
The last major oil spill to affect Phillip Island’s penguins was in 2001. The coordinated effort of staff and volunteers meant 97 per cent of the 438 oiled penguins were successfully rehabilitated and released back into the wild.
The new Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre at Phillip Island Nature Parks is Victoria’s only specialised seabird rehabilitation facility and is capable of caring for up to 1500 little penguins in the event of an oil spill.
The Penguin Foundation and Phillip Island Nature Parks extends its thanks to the German volunteers, including Angelika Regenstein in Hamburg who organised the jumper collection and shipment, as well as Tomax Logistics for assisting with customs clearance, AGS World Transport for their collection from the docks and storage and MacGregor Logistics for the transport of the jumpers to Phillip Island in the new year.
About the Penguin Foundation: the Penguin Foundation raises vital funds for the research, conservation and rescue and rehabilitation of sick or injured little penguins on Phillip Island. Adopt-a-Penguin today: www.penguinfoundation.org.au
Ms Danene Jones - Communications Executive
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Santa delivers early Christmas present for little penguins