Meet the Maremmas this Summer


The start of Summer means the return of Warrnambool’s Little Penguins to Middle Island. The Guardian Maremma Dogs have returned to protect the island, while the Ambassador Maremma Dogs will help spread the story of this world first conservation project in the 2018-19 Summer Meet the Maremma Tours.

This season might even see new puppy recruit, Mezzo, protecting penguins for the first time. Dr Trish Corbet the Middle Island Project Coordinator of the Middle Island Project said that

‘Mezzo has been so impressive in his training that it looks like he will be able to start work earlier than expected’.

The Middle Island Penguin Group will run sleep over trials on the island with Mezzo this season before deciding. This is great news as penguins have recently returned to Middle Island for the breeding season.

A new format for the Meet the Maremma Experience was introduced last year with huge success. A more interactive and education tour saw 3,200  people Meet the Maremmas – which was more than double the previous year’s numbers.

Dr Corbet stated that

‘We tested the waters last year. This Summer the tour will been refined and offers family friendly times with tours at 10.30am, 2pm and 4pm.’

David McMahon, Visitor Economy Manager at the Warrnambool City Council, said that Meet the Maremmas Experience is always a popular summer attraction for locals and visitors to the region. Mr McMahon revealed that: 

‘The Visitor Information Centre has been taking tour enquiries from eager customers for a number of months now, so it with great pleasure we announce that tours are now live and bookable. Tours will begin Sunday the 2nd of December and run until the end of the Easter School Holidays.’

Bookings are essential for Meet the Maremma Tours. Bookings can be made Warrnambool’s official tourism website or via the Warranmbool Visitor Information Centre. 

By attending the tour, you are supporting the ongoing success of the Middle Island Penguin Project. All profits from the tours go towards the care of the Middle Island Maremma dogs.

Tours can now be booked from, in person at 89 Merri Street and or by calling 1800 556 111.

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