Protect A Penguin FAQ
Is BirdLife International working to support all six penguin species featured in the campaign?
The BirdLife Partnership is working in different capacities to help protect and conserve each of the hero species featured in the campaign. But our work to protect penguins goes beyond this and, as a Partnership, we are working across the globe to conserve other species too, including the Little Penguin, Chinstrap Penguin and Gentoo Penguin to name a few.
When I donate to protect a penguin, will my donation only be used to support my chosen species?
Each of the ‘hero’ penguin species that you can choose are ambassadors of the penguin conservation work the BirdLife Partnership is undertaking across the world. We promise to use your donation to make the best possible difference for the world’s penguins. We will also ensure your gift helps other species too. We promise that 50% will go to support penguin work, and 30% will support our wider conservation work which may include more work for penguins. The remaining 20% will go to towards running this campaign and be used to inspire more people to support our vital work.
How can I find out more about BirdLife’s Protect a Penguin campaign without donating?
To find out more about the work we are doing across the globe to conserve penguins and the world’s birds visit our homepage. You can also see where penguins and other seabird species travel by visiting our Seabird Tacking Database .
Which penguins are currently under threat?
Of the 18 species of penguin 10 are with extinction, they are the second most threatened group of seabirds after albatrosses. The IUCN classify five penguin species as Endangered, five as Vulnerable and three as Near Threatened. To find out more about each of the penguin species visit the BirdLife International Data Zone.
What threats do penguins face?
Penguins face a wide range of threats, both on land and at sea. Fisheries can impact penguins through accidental capture, which is of most concern for Yellow-eyed, Magellanic and Humboldt penguins, and through overfishing of prey stocks. The combination of historical overfishing of small fish species and climate change-driven shifts in the distribution of these fish are thought to have played a key role in the decline of the Endangered African penguin. Penguins are particularly at risk from oil spills because they are highly reliant on keeping their plumage in top condition.
On land, penguins are killed by introduced predators, including cats, ferrets and rats. The loss of nesting habitat, and the transfer of disease, especially when populations are small, are also of concern.
The full magnitude of climate change impacts on penguins are perhaps yet to come, but this provides a worrying backdrop to all these threats.