Guided Tour of Penguin Conservation Reserve
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If you marveled at the pure tenacity of the emperor penguin in March of the Penguins or delighted in the madcap adventures of the gentoo penguin in Mr. Popper's Penguins, there's a rare chance to view penguins going about their activities of daily living. And "rare" is the operative word, as your guided tour allows you to get close to the rarest of the 17 penguin species: the yellow-eyed penguin or hoiho (Maori for "noise shouter").
But first you'll take a drive along the coast of the Otago Peninsula, the "wildlife capital of New Zealand." Now this isn't a party scene, This rather stunning natural landscape is abundantly populated by sea lions, fur seals, albatross, and, of course, our raucous penguin friends. Soak up dramatic views of the harbor's bright blue waters as you wind through quaint villages to the working sheep farm that is also the home of Penguin Place.
While their mating calls can be shrill, these penguins need cozy, private nests for the serious work of breeding. You'll creep navigate strategically placed trenches, along with your tour guide, where you can watch the penguins without disturbing them. Hear their stories (each has a name and a unique personality) as you snap away – and enjoy that feel-good moment knowing that guided tours like yours entirely fund this conservation effort.
Til death do us part – penguin style
Like many penguins, the yellow-eyed penguin mates for life, sticking with the same partner through thick and thin. After going through a period of courtship, preening, and socializing, the happy couple seeks out a secluded spot for their love nest. Both the male and female build the nest and share in the chores of incubating the eggs and caring for the chicks – a behavior not seen in many other animals. Maybe this is why the female stands by her man.
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