Phillip Island penguin protector Peter Dann retires after 42 years

“I lost a lot of sleep over the population when it was clearly declining,” he recalled.


In the mid-1980s, the government decided to buy back the properties on the estate to protect the penguins. Dann said he lobbied the government to enact the policy, even though he was living at the Summerland Estate himself.

“It was a very emotional time for a lot of people,” he said. “We had many difficult conversations, but it was a remarkably civilised process.”

Dan said in 1983 there were between 8000 and 12,000 breeding penguins on Phillip Island. It now has the largest colony of…

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