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Royal Canin ANZ partners with the Penguin Foundation to support Conservation Dogs

This partnership will ensure the Phillip Island Nature Parks conservation team is able to continue the vital training of its Conservation Dogs to future-proof the natural habitats of vulnerable native species such as the Little Penguin.

Royal Canin ANZ is pleased to announce a partnership with the Penguin Foundation, providing premium, science-led nutrition to Conservation Dogs on Phillip Island (Millowl), Victoria.

Conservation Dogs play a pivotal role in protecting vulnerable species by sniffing out the information — often in the form of scats or fresh scent in the landscape.

In addition to keeping Phillip Island fox-free, the Conservation Dogs play a crucial role in the feral cat response program. On average, the dogs walk between 50-60 kms each week searching for evidence of feral cats at priority sites where seabirds and Threatened Species such as Eastern Barred Bandicoots live.

Royal Canin ANZ Sustainability and Partnership Manager Dean Richardson said, "this partnership marks another milestone in the purpose-led work Royal Canin is proud to lead in the community".

“We exist to help create a better world for pets. We know that science-based nutrition plays a vital role overall wellbeing. We could not be prouder to partner with like-minded organisations such as the Penguin Foundation to help fuel the work of the Conservation Dogs so they can continue to help protect this important ecosystem here on Phillip Island,” Mr Richardson said.

To mark the commencement of the partnership, over 50 Associates spent a day at Phillip Island recently to give back in a “hands on” way as part of the global Mars Volunteer Program (MVP).

Georgia Symmons, Executive Officer, Penguin Foundation said volunteering and nutrition partnerships are just some of the way corporates can support tangible sustainability outcomes in the community.

"We were thrilled to host the Royal Canin Australia team on Phillip Island's Summerland Peninsula. In collaboration with Phillip Island Nature Parks, we're working towards combating climate change's effects on Little Penguins and other wildlife through revegetation efforts. This hands-on involvement aligns with Royal Canin's donation of premium nutrition for Nature Park’s Scent Detection and farm dogs,” Ms Symmons said.

“The team also observed exceptional detection dog skills, underscoring our mutual dedication to environmental balance,” she added.

Foxes and feral cats collectively kill more than 2.6 billion Australian native mammals, birds and reptiles each year.

In addition to being home to Australia's largest Little Penguin colony, Phillip Island (off Australia’s southern coastline) is a key location for re-introduction of threatened species, as part of the 'Island Ark' program.

Removal of predators such as feral cats and foxes is critical to the success of the Island Ark program and the ultimate survival of the Little Penguin colony.


For over 55 years, ROYAL CANIN® has put nutritional quality and product safety at the heart of our operations, designing the most precise nutrition for cats and dogs. We have over 500 vets, scientists and qualified nutritionists on our team supporting the health and wellbeing of cats and dogs. We perform over 1.5 million quality checks a year on our diets and never compromise on ingredient quality. Innovation is at our core, with two leading Royal Canin research and development centres constantly looking at new ways to keep supporting the health and wellbeing of cats and dogs around the world. For more on Royal Canin's sustainability goals visit Sustainability | Royal Canin AU

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