AFRICAN PENGUIN CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

 

The African Penguin is native to Southern Africa and is the only penguin that breeds in Africa. Its population has decreased dramatically since the 1920’s and is now considered an endangered species.

In the 1920’s there were around 1 million pairs of African Penguins. By 2009 there were only 25,000 pairs recorded. The current population is only 2.5 percent of its level 80 years ago and is still declining.

It is believed that the decline from the 1920’s to the 1950’s was probably from the penguins’ eggs being harvested for human consumption. Another contributor to the decline was that large amounts of guano were removed from the seabird  islands. The African Penguin normally burrows into the guano so that their nests would be safe and protected. With the guano removed they were forced to nest on the unsafe surface. Other factors that have contributed to the population decline are large oil spoils and predation by Cape fur seals. African Penguins prey on shoaling pelagic fish such as sardines and anchovies, the same fish that purse-seine fisheries compete for.

The African Penguin may become extinct if “drastic conservation steps are not immediately implemented.”

Currently, ONE PENGUIN = ONE RHINO, that’s how endangered they are !!!

penguins_endangered_dassen island_critiacl

Advertisements

About PanniferFrost

Blogger
This entry was posted in Aquatic Species, Birds Species and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to AFRICAN PENGUIN CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

  1. Pingback: Baby African penguin name contest | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s