Research is vital to our conservation work. Our team of scientists are world-leaders in little penguin research and study other wildlife including Australian fur seals and coastal birds. 


Our research includes satellite tracking little penguins at sea

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Research Centre

Our research team conduct the most comprehensive research on little penguins in the world. We also research wildlife conservation and management issues on Phillip Island, Australia-wide and internationally. 

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Penguin Research

Little penguin research has been ongoing on Phillip Island since 1968.

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Seal Research

Researchers from Phillip Island Nature Parks investigate Australian fur seal numbers, diet, range and management issues.

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Coastal Bird Research

Researchers have been monitoring the threatened hooded plover species within Phillip Island Nature Parks since the 1980s.

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Our Team

The research team at Phillip Island Nature Parks has extensive experience in the study of penguins, seals, wildlife management, climate change, ecotourism and ecology.

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Our researchers have published numerous scientific papers, books or chapters, and supervised Honours, Masters and PhD theses on little penguins, marine mammals and  coastal birds.

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Eastern Barred Bandicoots

The mainland Eastern Barred Bandicoot (EBB) is extinct in the wild as a result of predation by foxes and habitat loss. To save this species from extinction we need more fox-free land where this species can flourish. 

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Little Penguin Handling Training Guide

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