African Penguins : Facing Extinction By 2035
African penguins has been highlighted in a recent report by The Guardian. Scientists have warned that without intervention, these unique creatures could become extinct by 2035.
- The penguins confront threats like disease, storms, flooding, and pollution.
- These distinct birds inhabit the coasts of Namibia and South Africa and have seen their population plummet from several million breeding pairs in the early 20th century to under 11,000 today.
- However, experts believe that collaborative efforts involving fisheries, governments, industries, scientists, and the public could halt the decline and ensure the survival of this iconic species.
- African penguins primarily inhabit islands off the coasts of Namibia and South Africa.
- These regions are important because they provide nesting and breeding grounds for the penguins.
- The islands’ proximity to the ocean ensures access to their marine food sources.