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Friday, November 22, 2013

African Penguins ~ Not All Penguins Love Icy Weather

Gansbaai South Africa Dyer Island is a protected bird sanctuary home to large colonies of threatened African Penguins. 


African Penguins are life long lovers photo by brainstorm 1984
African Penguins are life long lovers
The African penguin, or black-footed penguin, is also nicknamed the jackass penguin because it’s mating call sounds like a whinnying donkey. They spend their days at sea feeding and their nights gathered together on shore. 

Like all penguins, African penguins are much more agile in water than on land swimming up to 12 miles per hour. Each penguin eats about one pound of fish per day feeding on small fish such as sardines and anchovies, crustaceans and squid. Each penguin eats about one pound of fish per day.

African Penguin mother and children
African Penguin mother and children
African Penguins are the only penguin species that breed in Africa and it is found nowhere else in the world. African Penguins are monogamous and the same pair will normally return to the same colony and often the same nest site each year on Dyer Island to be together. 

African Penguins are the only penguin species that breed in Africa
African Penguins are the only penguin
species that breed in Africa
The penguins are presently classified as vulnerable or threatened under the International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN red data list criteria. 

Unfortunately if the current trends continue it is only a matter of time before the African Penguin becomes endangered. The African penguin is an endangered species whose population has declined by 90% since the turn of the 20th century.



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