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Adelie Penguin2017-03-22T11:34:31+00:00
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Penguins are a family of 17 to 19 species of birds that live primarily in the Southern Hemisphere. They include the tiny blue penguins of Australia and New Zealand, the majestic emperor penguins of Antarctica and king penguins found on many sub- Antarctic islands, the endangered African penguin and the Galápagos penguin—the only penguin to be found north of the equator.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Adélie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) are the smallest and most widely found penguins in the Antarctic coast, which is their only residence. They are among the most southerly distributed of all seabirds, along with the emperor penguin, the south polar skua, the Wilson’s storm petrel, the snow petrel, and the Antarctic petrel.

They are named after Adélie Land, in turn named for the wife of French explorer Jules Dumont d’Urville who discovered these penguins in 1840.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeJiuWkBWzw” el_width=”90″ align=”center”][vc_column_text css_animation=”right-to-left”]

THREATEN BY CLIMATE CHANGE

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css_animation=”right-to-left”]Adélie penguins in Antarctica are in the midst of a major upheaval as climate change causes their icy habitat to warm up, experts say.

The penguins rely on winter sea ice as a platform for feeding on ocean krill.

But they also need the ice to shrink in the summer so they can access their breeding colonies on land.

Today there are 8,000 birds left from an original colony size of 40,000.

If the trend continues, Fraser predicts that Adélie penguins will be locally extinct within five to ten years.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][vc_single_image image=”16059″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”appear”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css_animation=”left-to-right”]

WHY ADÉLIE PENGUINS MATTERS

Adélie penguins are part of the Antarctic food chain – they eat animals like krill and small fish, and are a source of food for predators like leopard seals and killer whales. So they play a key role in the Antarctic ecosystem.

Help us to stop their colony decline by contributing and adopting a penguin for a year with the WWF. You simply buy and collect this mug and we’ll do the rest.

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HOW YOU’RE HELPING PENGUINS WITH OUR ADOPTION

  • Improving the management of Antarctica’s resources and safeguarding its wildlife
  • Establishing a network of marine protected areas covering at least 10% of the 20 million square kilometre Southern Ocean
  • Reducing illegal and unsustainable fishing practices
  • Raising awareness of the threats of climate change we all face
  • Your support will also help fund our essential work around the world
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