The Penguin Hero Challenge
We're so excited for you to take a pledge to be a Penguin Hero and contribute to a healthy ocean by helping penguins thrive! There are many types of seafood that we see on our plates that are important part of penguin diets. By keeping seafood off your plate, you can help keep them on theirs! There are many different actions available to be a Penguin Hero. Please select what you'd like to pledge to to help keep penguins and our oceans healthy!
Which challenge will you take to become a Penguin Hero?
Who's Running the Challenge? African Penguin SAFE and our partners at AZA- accredited Zoo and Aquariums! Saving Animals from Extinction (SAFE) combines the power of engaging 183 million annual AZA-accredited aquarium and zoo visitors with the expertise of these facilities and their conservation partners to save species, including the African Penguin. SAFE also provides a unique platform for AZA - accredited aquariums and zoos to increase the impact of their field conservation efforts and conservation contributions.
Read more about African Penguin SAFE here: https://www.africanpenguinsafe.org/
Who We Are
African Penguins are listed as endangered due to rapid population decline resulting from overfishing, habitat degradation, and oil spills. Between 2010 and 2014, more than 30 accredited Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) took part in or supporting field conservation projects benefiting African Penguins.
AZA facilities have joined forces to develop various projects, from improving disaster response protocols for oil spills to constructing artificial nests in order to address population declines caused by overfishing, habitat degradation, and oil spills.
Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) provides high-quality rehabilitationa nd veterinary services to African Penguins and other seabirds in need.
SANCCOB also has a strong focus on raising awareness about endangered seabirds through conservation education programs and research projects.
Why African Penguins?
Penguins are very visible indicators for the marine environment. Since they are colonial nesters, scientists can easily tell through physical appearance, chick condition and declines in a colony that penguins are not thriving. They share dwindling prey species with other marine animals so if penguin colonies are declining it can be assumed other fish-eating marine species are also in trouble.
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