Manly is home to a colony of Little Penguins which are the only mainland breeding colony left anywhere in NSW. Made up of only about 60 breeding pairs, the little penguins are an icon of Manly and the Manly Wharf where they often come to nest every night between July and February.
Every breeding season people come to Manly Wharf to see the Little Penguins. To protect our little neighbours a Volunteer Penguin Warden Scheme was created. The aim of the Volunteer Penguin Wardens is to ensure that the penguins can breed in safety, and away from human and dog interference. The volunteers often educate the public about the little penguins, as well as making sure Council and NPWS regulations regarding dogs, boating, fishing and other interference with the penguins are followed.