Plight of the yellow-eyed penguin
Yellow-eyed penguins are one of the rarest penguins in the world and unique to New Zealand. In the late 1980s the outlook for these penguins looked very bleak. The cool coastal forest where they nested had been cleared for pasture. Sheep and cattle trampled their nests. Ferrets and stoats introduced by the early settlers killed and ate their chicks. The population was falling fast and something needed to be done.
The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust was formed in 1987 to alert everyone to the problem. It set about putting a conservation programme in place to stop the decline and save the endangered penguin.