Rescue: When oiled penguins are admitted to the Wildlife Clinic at Phillip Island Nature Parks, a knitted jumper is temporarily placed on the penguins to prevent them from preening and swallowing the toxic oil before they are washed and the oil removed by staff. 438 little penguins were affected by the last major oil spill near Phillip Island in 2001. 96% were successfully saved and rehabilitated at the Wildlife Clinic and released back into the wild. Read more about the benefits of using penguin jumpers when rehabilitating oiled little penguins here.
Fundraising: Unsuitable or excess donated penguin jumpers are sold on penguin toys to raise funds for the Penguin Foundation.
Education & Awareness: Unsuitable or excess donated penguin jumpers are used in our marine conservation education and awareness programs to teach others about the devastating effects marine pollution has on wildlife and our environment.