With some awesome baking skills coming out of the woodwork during Australia’s National Threatened Species Day Bake-off, ZAA decided to launch our own bake-off open to all of our members, both regional in Australasia and international. The Bake-off was a fun and interactive way to learn more about local threatened species.
Though the Aussies had a head start, the Kiwis came in strong, more than up for the challenge! We had 281 votes come in with the most popular cake receiving 56 of those votes. And now the moment you’re waiting for: the winner of the ZAA Threatened Species Bake-off is…
Tawaki or Fiordland Crested Penguin by Auckland Zoo
The Tawaki is classed as vulnerable, with the population on the decline. Found only in the wild southwest corner of New Zealand, Tawaki are unique among penguins because they choose to build their nests deep beneath lush rainforest. They mate for life and return to the same nest every year.
Key threats to Tawaki include habitat disturbance, over-fishing, invasive predators and climate change.
Congratulations to Auckland Zoo for taking out the winning spot with 56 votes. The zoo uses keeper talks and other public communications to educate people on New Zealand penguin species, their plight in the wild and what they can do to help.
The ZAA office will match the money raised by Auckland Zoo during their bake-off and donate to the Tawaki Project, which does environmental and conservation research on the Tawaki penguin.
There were also some impressive runners up, not far behind in the voting. Our top runners up are:
Wetapunga – Auckland Zoo
Plains Wanderer – Zoos Victoria
Shore Plover – Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
Fairy Tern – Auckland Zoo