Media Releases 2018

Posted on 06/02/2018 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Penguins empty the nest in time for Valentine’s

As any parent will tell you, it’s pretty tough being romantic when you’ve got the kids home with you, but the penguins of Phillip Island seem to have this problem sorted, in plenty of time for Valentine’s Day.

Following another successful breeding season, almost all of this year’s fuzzy little penguin chicks have grown a full set of their trademark blue feathers and fledged, or headed out to sea, unlikely to return before next breeding season when they may come back and try to find a partner and start a family of their own.

This leaves Mum and Dad with a bit of ‘grown-up’ time, so they stock up on pilchards, anchovies and squid and try and double their body weight before spending anything up to 3 weeks together in their cosy little burrows, ready to moult their old feathers and grow a glossy new set of waterproofs. It sounds like the perfect opportunity to spend a bit of quality time together and show their affection.

You too can show your affection this Valentine’s Day by adopting a little penguin for that special someone in your life. The Penguin Foundation’s adopt-a-penguin program raises vital funds to protect Phillip Island’s natural environment and native wildlife, including the little penguins.

As a special treat for your special person, your Valentine’s Day gift adoption will include two free tickets (instead of the usual one ticket) so you can cuddle up together at the Penguin Parade, a penguin photo, penguin protector certificate, a behind-the-scenes event, updates on the penguin colony – and more.

So what are you waiting for? Adopt a penguin today by visiting or call 03 5951 2800.


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