Dunedin (the Eco-Tourism Capital of New Zealand) by ito20106


									Dunedin (the Eco-Tourism Capital of New Zealand)

Penguin Place – Yellow Eyed Penguin Conservation Reserve

The Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve at Penguin Place offers visitors the opportunity to
visit a working conservation programme and to experience and photograph
undisturbed penguin activity at close range through a unique system of hides and
covered tunnels.

The reserve is a private conservation effort to save one of the world’s most
endangered penguins, the yellow-eyed penguin, from extinction. The reserve is
funded entirely through the profits from the Penguin Place tour operation.

The reserve is on private farmland and is run by farmer, Howard McGrouther.

Points of interest in terms of sustainable tourism:

   •   The operation has set rules on the number of people allowed tours at any
       one time and take responsibility for enhancement of areas involved in tours.
   •   Penguin Place (PP) has set aside 40 acres for replanting of native bush. Over
       10 000 trees have already been planted so far with another 20 000 still to be
   •   PP has created freshwater lakes for the birdlife.
   •   PP has built hospital facilities for sick and injured penguins. They provide all
       fish and antibiotics needed in treatment.
   •   PP employs a scientist to monitor penguin breeding.
   •   PP provide safe habitat for penguin breeding and they trap all year round for
       predators e.g. - feral cats, stoats, ferrets.
   •   PP has put in over 700 metres of camouflaged tunnels to remove any tourist
       impact on the penguins.

For further information:
Contact: Howard McGrouther
Phone: +64 3 478 0286
Email: penguin.place@clear.net.nz
Web: www.penguin-place.co.nz

Elm Wildlife Tours
Elm Wildlife Tours run half day wildlife tours of the Otago Peninsula. Visitors are
taken to a private conservation area to view Yellow Eyed Penguins, Blue Penguins,
NZ Fur Seals and NZ Sea Lions as well as another 30-40 marine and wading bird
species. Visitors are also taken to Taiaroa Head to view the Northern Royal
Their tours have received many awards including New Zealand Tourism Awards six
times as winner or finalist, and have been benchmarked by the Green Globe system,
to the highest environmental standard of operation based on agenda 21 of the Rio
earth conference.

They are active in conservation, particularly to benefit Yellow-Eyed Penguins with a
long term plan to increase their available breeding area by continuing to replant
native habitat in the wildlife sanctuary.

They are fortunate to work with landowners who see the future benefit of doing so,
and congratulate them on their efforts, particularly the predator control and
additional planting of native species which has been carried out.

Points of interest in terms of sustainable tourism:

    •   Elm Wildlife financially funds a yellow eyed penguin conservation project to
        help grow the population of yellow penguins in the area.
    •   Elm Wildlife has carried out extensive habitat planting, constructed nest sites
        and provided predator control.
    •   Elm Wildlife instigated and provided the finance to set up the NZ Sea Lion
    •   ·Elm Wildlife has developed unobtrusive structures and walkways to minimise
        the impact on the beach and the sensitive land areas which are crossed
        during tours.
    •   Elm Wildlife ensure that the beach areas are clean and safe for the wildlife by
        removing seabourne rubbish.
    •   Elm Wildlife are Green Globe 21 accredited.

For further information:
Contact: Brian Templeton
Phone: +64 3 454 4121
Email: tours@elmwildlifetours.co.nz
Web: www.elmwildlifetours.co.nz

Royal Albatross Colony

The Royal Albatross Centre is situated at the bottom of Taiaroa Head on the Otago
Peninsula. It is the only mainland breeding colony of these massive seabirds in the world.
The centre is a charitable trust and all profits go back into maintaining and protecting the

To sight a soaring Albatross is unforgettable - a spectacle touched with a dignity and majesty
no other bird can excel. Held aloft on slim wings up to 3 metres (9'6") across, the great
Albatross is capable of swooping speeds of at least 115kph+. It’s pure ecstacy in the air, yet
distinctly clumsy on the ground.

The social and family life of the breeding colony is fascinating. Chicks are fussed over by
devoted parents; adolescents party, just like adolescents everywhere; courtships proceed
with lots of kissing and cuddling; and "marriage" is usually for life despite long separations at
sea. And the life of an Albatross is indeed long - one bird at Taiaroa, fondly known as
"Grandma," raised her last chick at age 62!

Albatrosses on remote storm-bound islands have little to fear, but when these large,
conspicuous birds nest near a city it presents a very different situation. Between 1914 and
1919 Royal Albatrosses were known to land at Taiaroa Head, and in 1920 the first egg was
found there. In 1937, Dr L.E. Richdale, an ornithologist of Dunedin, strove to protect the
colony from interference. Their efforts were rewarded in 1938 when the first Taiaroa-
reared chick flew. In 1951 a full-time field officer was appointed to act as caretaker of the
albatross colony and as wildlife ranger of Otago Peninsula.

From 1937 Dr Richdale studied these and other birds, especially yellow-eyed penguins, and
published his findings in several books, scientific papers and pamphlets. His studies, and those
since, include the banding of nesting albatross and chicks. The numbered band, clipped
loosely about the leg, allows the life story of each bird to be recorded. Since all Taiaroa
birds and chicks are banded, they can be distinguished from other albatross that are
sometimes attracted to Taiaroa Head and may stay to breed. The size of the colony has
slowly increased and in 1994 consisted of 90 to 100 birds.

For further information:
The Royal Albatross Centre
Contact: Sam Inder
Phone: +64 3 478 0499
Web: www.albatross.org.nz
Email: reservations@albatross.org.nz

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