The Melbourne Zoo now has the most amazing exhibit, The Wild Sea displaying Victoria's marine wildlife.
Introduce yourself to this cute little creature here at the Zoo and then perhaps extend your friendship and explore the other venues where you can get up close and personal with this little penguin.
The display has large floor to ceiling viewing windows you are able
to watch the swimming skills of seals and these cute penguins.
Delight in the penguin's agile diving and aquatic antics.
The Fairy Penguins - Melbourne Zoo - Australia
This may be a flightless bird but it wins the gold medal for swimming!
Little Penguin - Wild Sea Display - Melbourne Zoo
Facts About The Little Penguin
The Little Penguin is the smallest species of penguin.
They can be found on the coastlines of Southern Australia and New Zealand.
Sometimes known as Fairy Penguins, these cute penguins grow to around 43cm (17inches) tall.
The male is a little larger than the female.
Their coloring is slate grey with their upper plumage areas an indigo color. Underneath is white from their chin to their belly.
They have webbed feet.
The little penguin has a lifespan on average of 6.5 years.
Breeding is carried out all along the entire southern coastline of Australia, including Tasmania.
These flightless birds feed by hunting for fish, squid and other small marine animals. Normally they feed fairly close to shore however they have been known to travel quite substantial distances in search for food.
Breeding begins around the age of 3 or 4 years of age.
They are monotremes(egg laying) and have a tendency to mate and remain loyal to their chosen partner for life.
The little blue penguin will choose a nesting place and return to it time and time again.
They live in small colonies.
Each breeding pair digs out a burrow and usually a pair of chicks are born.
The little blue penguins return to their nest at dusk to feed their young. They arrive on shore in small groups helping to protect themselves from predators.
In Melbourne, Australia their breeding ground can be found on Phillip Island.
The Melbourne Zoo Little Blue Penguin
The Melbourne Zoo is open between 9:00am and 5:00pm every day of the year.
Access is easy by public transport or you can drive and park near by.
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