by Celeste Byers
Napier, NZ – March 2016
Celeste’s mural highlights the endangered Fiordland Penguins who nest in the rainforests and ocean rock caves of New Zealand’s South Island when they’re not living in the sea. Their populations have decreased since human arrival, and in the past 35 years, their population has gone down from 10,000 breeding pairs to 3,000. Humans have caused a loss of their habitat, oil spills, and have introduced the biggest threat to the species – predators, such as dogs, cats, stoats, and rats.