Meet the Maremmas

Since 2006 Maremma Guardian Dogs have been trained to protect Middle Island’s Little Penguins from foxes, allowing the population to slowly increase to around 180 birds at last count.

In order to protect the penguin population and allow the Maremmas to do their work, access to the Island is now restricted to the public.

This world first award winning project relies on the assistance of businesses, organisations and volunteers to help with penguin counts, penguin breeding monitoring and improving habitat for penguins by re-vegetating areas with native species.