Conservation is very important to us. We are very proud that the Bluff Cove Lagoon King penguin colony continues to grow. The first King penguin chick at the Lagoon was reared successfully by its parents in 2004 and now we have approximately 15 breeding pairs of King penguins. We take a great deal of care to protect the penguins at Bluff Cove Lagoon. We have also de-ratted East Island (pictured above), our island off to the South of the Lagoon, where the Magellanic penguins breed. This means that small ground nesting birds are flourishing on the island including the Tussac bird (below), which is now a regular visitor to the Lagoon. We have also worked with Oxford University providing statistics on the Lagoon Gentoo colony for their research.

Tussac bird by our Museum