“The endangered African penguin has protection”

Good News!

The Interior Department announced last week that the African penguin will be listed as an endangered species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Thanks in large part to a legal settlement with Turtle Island Restoration Network and the Center for Biological Diversity concerning a lack of protection for the penguin.

This is great news for African penguins, who have suffered a major decline in population throughout the past several decades — a 95 percent drop since pre-industrial times.

The African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus), also known as the Black-footed Penguin, is found on the south-western coast of Africa, living in colonies on 24 islands between Namibia and Algoa Bay, near Port Elizabeth, South Africa, with the largest colony on Dyer Island, near Kleinbaai. Because of their donkey-like braying call they were previously named Jackass Penguins. Since several species of South American penguins produce the same sound, the African species has been renamed African Penguin, as it is the only penguin species that breeds in Africa. The presence of the penguin gave name to the Penguin Islands.

There are three other colonies of penguins near Cape Town at Boulders Beach, near Simon’s Town and Stony Point in Betty’s Bayand in Namibia,

The closest relatives of the African Penguins are the Humboldt Penguin and Magellanic Penguin.

Thanks to Turtle Island Restoration Network and the Center for Biological Diversity fwho are the driving forces behind the work concerning a lack of protection for the penguin.



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  1. dictrust said,

    October 18, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you for writing about the endangered African Penguin. Another interesting point is that there are now fewer than 26,000 breeding pairs of African Penguins on the islands and coastal colonies around the coast of Southern Africa. These numbers have fallen by more than 80% in 50 years – a loss equivalent to almost 100 birds a week!

    The Dyer Island Conservation Trust Faces-of-Need initiative is an internationally recognised nesting and research programme specifically devoted to saving the African Penguin.

    Our work focuses on halting and reversing the decline in breeding colonies.

    Check out our video at http://www.dict.org.za/video.php or read more about our Penguin project at http://www.dict.org.za/faces_of_need/faces_of_needs_penguins

  2. October 19, 2010 at 6:01 am

    Please let us know how else we can help. You can link to us too.

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