African Penguins

African Penguins

When I did my blog on Cape Town earlier this year, I learned for the first time there were penguins in Africa. So, I decided I would have to do a blog about these wonderful, flightless birds. They live in a colony at Boulders Beach, an aptly named portion of the coastline near Cape Town since massive boulders line the shore where the penguins live.  From the videos below, you’ll see that African penguins are adorable, fascinating and somewhat used to having humans around. 

Here’s a 3-minute video featuring African Penguins. Here’s a 1-minute video of a penguin who sauntered into the local lodge and just didn’t seem to want to leave. Fun. Here’s a 1-minute video featuring penguins swimming.

FunFacts about African Penguins: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The African penguin (Spheniscus demersus), also known as the jackass penguin and black-footed penguin, is a species of penguin, confined to southern African waters. It is also widely known as the “jackass” penguin for its loud, donkey-like bray, although several related species of South American penguins produce the same sound. Like all extant penguins it is flightless, with a streamlined body, and wings stiffened and flattened into flippers for a marine habitat. (Source)
  • African penguins feed primarily on squid and fish.
  • The African penguins’ nearest relatives are the Humboldt penguin and Magellanic penguin found in southern South America.
  • African penguins are about 60–70 cm (24–28 in) tall.
  • Where African penguins can be found, quote: The African penguin is only found on the south-western coast of Africa, living in colonies on 24 islands between Namibia and Algoa Bay, near Port Elizabeth, South Africa. It is the only penguin species that breeds in Africa and its presence gave name to the Penguin Islands. (Source)
  • The rate of decline of the African penguin is severe. The species is expected to be extinct in the wild as early as 2026.
  • Here is the main reason for the severe decline over the past century, quote: As recently as the 1970s, African penguin eggs were considered a delicacy and were still being collected for sale. Unfortunately, the practice was to smash eggs found a few days prior to gathering, to ensure that only fresh ones were sold. This added to the drastic decline of the African penguin population around the Cape coast, a decline which was hastened by the removal of guano from islands for use as fertilizer, eliminating the burrowing material used by penguins. (Source)
  • An oil spill in 2000 added to the struggles of African penguins to thrive in our modern industrial world. But conservationists were encouraged by how the penguins responded to the rescuers and are hopeful that extensive captive breeding programs might be the answer for keeping these penguins in the wild.

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