Family Activities

Oddball – Maremma Dogs

The Middle Island Maremma Project is a unique environmental program that uses a special breed of Maremma dogs to protect birds and penguins from fox and dog predation. The Maremma breed has been used in Italy for centuries to protect domestic animals, but wild birds were a new challenge.  

 

A local chicken farmer, Swampy Marsh, suggested Maremma guardian dogs could be used to protect the penguins. Swampy had successfully used Maremma’s to help protect his free range chickens. 

In a world-first, Maremma dogs were trained and placed on Middle Island to protect the penguins from foxes during the breeding season. The project has been a huge success, with no evidence of fox attacks since the beginning of the Project and a steady increase in penguin colony size to an estimated 180 penguins in 2013. 

You can see the Maremma’s at any time of the year, with Avis and Amor residing at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. 

 

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Armadio of Warrnambool

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Darriwill Farm

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Logan’s Beach

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawuurung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Ancestors, past present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.