Penguins displace humans

Penguin Island is a documentary about some little feathered critters that live on Philip Island. About an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Melbourne, Victoria, the island is home to one of the largest Little Penguin (species name) colonies in Australia (26,000). Its nightly Penguin Parade has been a big tourist attraction for many years.

A decrease in the number of penguins as a result of human settlement has lead to the removal of people residing within a particular radius of where the the birds primarily nest. As Harris states, this is the first time in the world that a human settlement has been displaced for a single animal species.

And when you watch these soon-to-be former residents walking around their yards lifting the lids of penguin nest boxes revealing petrified birds trying to protect their eggs, you feel a sense of justice for their pending eviction.

The skill and dedication of the rangers is to be absolutely admired and praised. They should get paid more than one assumes they do.

NOTE: The kids at Phillip Island Primary School also played a large part in penguin protection after they lobbied the local council back in the early 1980’s.


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The Australian Centre for Sustainability Literacy is a division of Julie Boyd and Associates, who have been working for three decades to educate students in becoming positively contributing world citizens. We use a careful integration of solid research and evidence from a broad range of fields across education, community, business and leadership to support the 7th Generation concept which says that all decisions need to be made for the benefit of 7 generations forward.
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