The biology of Fjordland Penguins or ‘Tawaki’ is not well-known, they belong to the least studied penguin species. Tawaki are endemic to the southern west coast and some islands off the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, where they breed solitarily or in small groups in caves or hollows in the temperate rain forest or in dense shrub.

In a 5-year project (2014-19), their foraging ecology, which so far is completely unknown, is studied in cooperation mit Dr. Thomas Mattern and Dr. Ursula Ellenberg. Further information can be obtained at the Website of the project and on Facebook.