Media Releases 2017

Posted on 20/04/2017 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Penguin Foundation receives Disney Conservation Grant

The Penguin Foundation has been awarded a USD $19,117 (approx $25,200 AUD) grant from the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) as a part of the Fund’s focus on reversing the decline of threatened wildlife around the world. The conservation grant recognizes the Penguin Foundation’s efforts to work closely with Phillip Island Nature Parks to identify, fund and implement projects that protect Phillip Island's native flora and fauna, including those that ensure the survival of Phillip Island's little penguin colony.

“This grant from the Disney Conservation Fund provides us with a unique opportunity to enhance and improve our understanding of penguins’ foraging out at sea through a targeted research project,” said Dr Peter Dann, Penguin Foundation Director. “The more we learn about penguins at sea, the better we understand how they will respond in future to environmental variations such as climate change.”

The focus of the research project is a breeding site of little penguins on the northern coast of Summerland Peninsula. The grant enables the Nature Parks research team to monitor the penguins at this site, and subsequently find out where these penguins forage for their food in Western Port Bay, through the acquisition of new GPS devices and portable readers.

“Education is a key element of this project,” continued Dr Dann “with the aim of increasing engagement of children and young people in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education. This funding allows us to incorporate the new little penguin data into the Nature Parks’ award-winning Maths Matters education program, which is an enquiry-based student program for Year 5 and 6 students.”

The Disney Conservation Fund focuses on reversing the decline of wildlife and increasing the time kids spend in nature. Since its inception in 1995, DCF has provided approximately $65 million to support conservation programs in 115 countries. Projects were selected to receive awards based on their efforts to study wildlife, protect habitats and develop community conservation and education programs in critical ecosystems around the world.

For information on Disney’s commitment to conserve nature and a complete list of grant recipients, visit www.disney.com/conservation

About The Penguin Foundation
The Penguin Foundation raises funds to protect and enhance Phillip Island's natural environment through research, conservation and education programs.

Phillip Island supports significant native vegetation communities and wildlife populations as well as international migratory bird species within its woodland, wetland and coastal environments.

This remarkable biodiversity and quality of ecosystems means Phillip Island is one of Victoria’s truly special places and we are dedicated to funding the conservation of these important natural values for both current and future generations.

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Media Enquiries:
Ms Lauren Jones – Penguin Foundation Officer
Tel: +613 5951 2899
Email: ljones@penguins.org.au