Saving wildlife, together
As human populations grow on our planet, wildlife everywhere is under increasing threat of extinction.
Perth Zoo exists to protect endangered species and to reconnect people to nature. In a very meaningful way, the animal residents at Perth Zoo are inspiring ambassadors for wildlife in need of preservation everywhere. And, every time you come and visit the animals in our care, you are helping to support the vital conservation work we do.
In collaboration with Parks and Wildlife Service and Caversham Wildlife Park, we are working hard to safeguard a future for WA provenance Little Penguins. Our focus is to build a genetically healthy insurance population of these small birds to safeguard against extinction. Working with our partners, wild chicks that have been abandoned by their parents are bought into care, and integrated into our colony, giving them a chance of survival.
This project is exceptionally important to the population of West Australian Little Penguins which are distinct from penguins found outside of WA. Although not a separate subspecies, west coast Little Penguins have genetic differences. They are bigger than their east coast cousins and even breed at a different time of the year. This is thought to be a natural adaptation to deal with our exceptionally long hot summers.
Nationally Little Penguins are suffering due to habitat loss, predation from animals such as dogs and the effects of marine debris. Together, we can save wildlife.