yellow eyed penguins at the Penguin Place

We took a tour at  The Penguin Place where the rarest penguins in the world are cared for. 

Most of the yellow eyed penguins we saw were juveniles that were molting. Many of the juveniles are not prepared for this phase of their life the first year, so they are monitored and weighed and brought to the sanctuary if they are under-weight. 

The penguins are not kept for more than 8 weeks as they are wandering creatures that do not do well in captivity.

In Maori, they are called 'Hoiho' which means 'noisy little buggers.' Well, that's close.

Below are two adults. Notice the face stripe that the juveniles don't have yet.

They make their lone nests along the shore, sometimes in grass, and not in colonies.

This reserve is the most northern that the penguins live, most of them living on the islands south of  New Zealand's two major islands.

Nature Thursday - DND

Saturday Critters


Jeanna said...

What a cool thing to have for them. They are a fun animal, I'm glad they're getting cared for. Nice photos with some great close-ups.

Jutta.K. said...

Hello Betty,
many thanks for your contribution.
Nice to see you again at " Natur-Donnerstag "
Have a nice day.
Warm regards

Photo(Geo)grapher said...

What amazing animals. I love penguins!

Linda W. said...

Those penguins are adorable!

Bill said...

What wonderful little creatures, they're so cute.

joanna uk said...

Hiya Betty,
Such fun pictures.

Natasha said...

Adorable photos, and lovely to see them being cared for so well too. Lovely! - Tasha

Nora said...

looks like they are well cared for, and they are so cute!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, these penguins are just adorable. It is nice that they are not kept in captivity for long. Wonderful collection of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

Mary K. said...

Betty they are really cute. Especially the juveniles. And it's really interesting that they can even survive that far north.

Lois said...

Oh wow! They are gorgeous and your photos are wonderful.