28 Sep 2008

Penguin trust wins international conservation award

1:28 pm on 28 September 2008

The Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust has become the first New Zealand organisation to win a prestigious international award for innovative conservation.

The Dunedin-based trust has been given a Birdlife International Conservation Achievement Award at a conference in Argentina.

A field officer for the trust, David McFarlane, says it is a tremendous accolade.

He says when the trust was established in 1987, it was a pioneer because it was very rare then to have community groups involved in conservation.

He says that is now a common and successful model.