St Kilda is home to a colony of over 1,300 Little Penguins and attracts many visitors each year.
Earthcare St Kilda has been operating its famous Penguin Guide service since 2009 to enhance the learning experience for local, interstate and overseas visitors while also assisting in minimising the impact of the public on this important wild penguin colony.
Guides are rostered in teams, with a team leader, to supervise public penguin viewing at the pier for around 2 hours after sunset.
Penguin Guide duties include:
- The provision of information to visitors on the characteristics and habits of penguins, and
- Minimising the impact of visitors on the colony through education about the use of camera flashes and white light torches, keeping off the rocks and keeping distance from the penguins
- Removal of litter from the Penguin viewing area
The minimum commitment is one shift per fortnight, with shifts operating every night during daylight saving and Friday to Sunday during non-daylight saving.
No previous penguin knowledge or experience around penguins is needed as all training and equipment will be provided by Earthcare St Kilda to new Penguin Guides.
More details about Penguin Guiding is given in our Penguin Guide Handbook.
If you are interested in becoming a Penguin Guide then please send your name, email address, phone number and your preferred days of the week to the Penguin Guide Co-ordinator.
Note: Penguin Guides must be over 16 years of age and will be required to become members of Earthcare St Kilda at the discounted rate of $10.00 per annum.
This activity is open to all current and new members of Earthcare St Kilda.