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
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Middle Island Maremma Project Reviews
This is the island where the fairy penguins were decimated by the local foxes. They brought in Maremma dogs to patrol the island and now the population is growing. The island is off limits but nice to... more »
Perhaps my expectations were a bit high, but I expected to perhaps see the dogs in action or how they train them or how they help the penguins. Instead we watched a 15 minute video in a wind-swept loc... more »
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