We are named after these guys, and they're pretty special, so really: looking after kiwis is ... looking after ourselves! Keeping your dog on a lead helps Kiwis look after kiwis!
Make a bandana for your dog that helps spread the word: dogs on leads help our native birds safely breed and feed!
What to do
Your mission is:
1. Penguin capital of the world!
Did you know that NZ is home to 1/3 of the world’s 18 penguin species? We are the penguin capital of the world! And if you're near the sea, chances are that there's penguins living near you, like these kororā or little blue penguins.
Kororā are the world's smallest penguins and are awesome swimmers: like underwater torpedoes!
2. Unhappy feet :-(
They are sweet in the sea, but on land our penguins are highly vulnerable to being hunted by prowling predators. These include stoats, and cats and dogs. Luckily we can make a big difference by looking after our pets with our manu mates in mind.
Keep your pets away from nesting sites and indoors at night, keep them well fed and, when you're on beaches and trails: keep your dog on a lead!
3. Take the Lead
You can make a difference too by designing a Take the Lead bandana for your dog, or a friend or whanau's dog! Your dog gets to dress up, and be a spokes-dog for being considerate of our awesome natives.
Hint: you might want to sketch your design on paper before getting out the paints!
4. Bandana brilliance!!
Make your bandana from a large square of white cloth around 35cm x 35cm. You could cut up an old sheet or pillowcase! Fold it in half into a triangle (your design will go one one side).
Make your bandana design brilliant and bold. The lives of our awesome manu mates are at stake (and so is the fashion reputation of your dog!)
5. Be nice to our native neighbours!
The 'Take the Lead' message of your bandana, doesn't just apply to penguins. Much of our wildlife (e.g. kiwi) is also vulnerable to being hunted by uncontrolled pets like dogs and cats.
Keeping your dog on a lead might mean being able to be next-door neighbours with a living dinosaur: the tuatara, how cool is that?!
6. Parade on the dog-walk
We couldn’t call it a catwalk could we? Take the message to the trail or beach and you and your dog can be ambassadors for looking after our manu taonga (bird treasures) like kiwi and kororā.
Upload a photo to Wild Eyes to earn points and level-up!
7. Spread the word
Altogether now, As Rocky the Rockhopper Penguin says: "Taking the lead helps me safely breed! Rock on!"
8. Keep your cat cool with the birds
You can also help out our birds, lizards and insects by keeping your cat considerately. Keep your moggy well fed, microchipped and neutered, and ideally keep it on your property. If it's allowed to roam, put a collar with a bell on it to give the birds a warning ... or better yet: sew them a stylish scrunchie collar!
LIGHTNING BOLT BROWS
Tawaki just happen to be the model for the Wild Eyes logo too!
Do you reckon this handsome fella uses gel on his eyebrows?! Did you know: tawaki means 'clothed in lightning' in Māori. With that hairstyle it's easy to see where the name came from eh!