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Fireproof Bunkers Protect Penguins from Predators in Sydney

In Sydney, Australia's biggest city, there are just two remaining colonies

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FILE - A four to five-week-old Little Penguin chick is being held near Manly in the Sydney Harbour National Park, Australia, Sept. 4, 2014. VOA

A colony of little penguins on a remote island near Sydney are moving into new, specially designed bunkers to ensure their survival, after a bushfire wiped out their habitat last year. Little penguins are just that — about 35 centimeters tall and 1 kilogram in weight when fully grown. In Sydney, Australia’s biggest city, there are just two remaining colonies.

One in the seaside suburb of Manly is endangered because of hunting by foxes and development, while the other on Lion Island, an 8 hectare outpost in the city’s north, is struggling following a bushfire that destroyed much of the island in 2018.

To help the population recover, wildlife rangers have installed 20 concrete burrows on Lion Island. They are fireproof and protect the penguins from predators, such as foxes and goannas. Rachel Labador is from the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service.

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Little penguins are just that — about 35 centimeters tall and 1 kilogram in weight when fully grown. VOA

“There is a nice curve in the burrows, so that stops predators coming in. So no goannas, or cats or dogs can fit around it. The birds are coming onto the island for what we call ‘prospecting,’ looking for their places to mate and then lay their eggs. So we are hoping in a month or two we will come on the island and these will be occupied by birds on eggs. It will be perfect,” said Labador.

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The little penguin is the only species of penguin that breeds on the Australian mainland. These small creatures are found along the southern coasts of Australia. Originally, they were fairly common on the Australian mainland, but now their colonies are generally restricted to offshore islands.

Wildlife officials say that if the concrete shelters on Lion Island are successful, there are plans to install more in other places where fires and predators threaten the penguins. The ocean is the little penguin’s natural environment. Their wings have evolved into flippers that help them to swim gracefully underwater, where they feed on small fish, squid and krill. (VOA)

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A Quick Guide to Valuations NSW in Sydney

They end up putting their property up for too low a price and proceed to lose out on a lot of potential money, or else put it up

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A lot of people try and fail to do this themselves and end up causing themselves a lot of unnecessary problems. Pixabay

One of the hardest areas of selling a house in Sydney is coming up with a fair price to put it on the market. A lot of people try and fail to do this themselves and end up causing themselves a lot of unnecessary problems. They end up putting their property up for too low a price and proceed to lose out on a lot of potential money, or else put it up for too high a price and receive little to no offers. That’s why it’s really important that you come up with as accurate a value for your property as possible, and that’s why we believe you should be checking out Valuations NSW. But just who are these guys, and how can they help you come up with a good value? Don’t worry, we’re here to explain just that. 

In short, Valuations NSW are a company whos main job is to come up with a value for a property that you’re thinking of selling. They are based in Sydney and focus the majority of their efforts in this area, so if you are selling here then you should definitely check them out. You can check out their website here to find out more: https://www.valuationsnsw.com.au

So what makes them so great? First of all, they only hire staff who are members of the Australian Property Institute, meaning their staff are as reliable as it gets. This is really important when you are working with a valuation company, as you don’t want to come away with a dodgy value or one that’s too low or high. The staff at Valuations NSW are up there with the very best and therefore know exactly how to come up with an accurate value for you; they’ve done all the necessary training and have done this a million times before. They’re a great company to work with, especially if it’s your first time selling a property.

 

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One of the hardest areas of selling a house in Sydney is coming up with a fair price to put it on the market. Pixabay

They also don’t sell any real estate of their own, nor are they involved in this industry at all. This is another important factor when you’re thinking of choosing them to work with; you know they aren’t being biased or unfair with any of their valuations as they have no alliances to be biased towards. Each of their valuations will be as accurate and unbiased as humanly possible, again giving you a great opportunity to get your property on the market at a fair price. 

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They also work with a wide variety of property valuation disputes. Some of these include family law property valuations, expert witness property valuations and litigation property valuations, amongst a lot of others. This means that no matter what your situation is and what kind of property you’re trying to sell, these guys will most likely cover it. This is great, especially if you are trying to sell more than one property and need more than one area covered. It’ll save you the trouble of going to different companies for different jobs.