Warrnambool’s Middle Island is home to seabirds such as the Short-tailed Shearwater, the Black-faced Cormorant and the Little Penguin.For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Warrnambool holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Middle Island Maremma Project and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
The Little Penguin population had been decimated by fox predation over the years, with an estimated 600 penguins in 1999 reduced to less than 10 by 2005.
Since 2006 Maremma Guardian Dogs have been trained to protect Middle Island’s Little Penguins from foxes, allowing the population to slowly build to well over 100 penguins today.
This world first award winning project relies on the assistance of businesses, organisations and volunteers to help with penguin counts, penguin breeding monitoring and improving habitat for penguins by revegetating areas with native species.
If you want to help support the Middle Island Maremma Project please contact Warrnambool City Council on 5559 4876. If you would like to help volunteer please visit www.wclg.com.au
Please Note - Whilst we respect Swampy Marsh with coming up with the original idea to use maremmas on Middle Island, Swampy is no longer part of the Middle Island Project
Middle Island Maremma Project Reviews
Thanks Rob, John and Anne for a wonderful educational experience. Our fam had watched Oddball and greatly appreciated learning some facts about the Maremma Project and the little penguins. Thanks for ... more »
Educational tour like a school excursion for the kids, lots of time spent outside the pavillion on information and facts about penguins. Very kid-friendly experience. The last part of the tour was spe... more »
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