Conservation

Counting penguins
Counting penguins for population studies

Our current conservation work is focused on population trends. We are actively monitoring penguin colonies in regard to census changes, physical size and geographical movement as well as GIS mapping of colony boundaries and access. This detailed population data will help us understand the current state of penguin health.

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At Penguins International, we strongly believe that the best way to help conserve all species of penguins is through education and awareness in every aspect of penguin biology. To accomplish this mission, we create educational materials, give presentations, create stimulating visual media to enhance general understanding and love of penguins, and teach penguin biology and ecology to students of all ages including adult learners.

In addition to passive conservation techniques of increasing penguin awareness, we also engage in active conservation when available. Helping sick, injured or oiled penguins covered in petroleum, assisting with census and population trend studies and working with fisheries to help prevent by-catch of penguins in fishing nets have all been part of the past work of our scientists.

Penguin conservation is important not only for the sake of the animals, but also for the outlook of our planet as well. We all love the cute, charismatic nature of penguins, their human-like qualities, their stunning underwater acrobatics. We also want penguins to be around for millennia to come, to be enjoyed by all future generations. And we certainly don’t want human activities to be the cause of their demise. But penguins are far more than the beautiful, amazing creatures they appear. They are sentinels of the health of our oceans and our planet as a whole. Like their relatives, the proverbial canary in a coal mine that was the first to succumb to a toxic environment and serve as a warning to the working miners, penguins serve as a similar type of sentinel. Because penguins feed high on the food chain and accumulate toxins that build up in the ocean, if penguins start dying off, the health of humans is also in grave danger. Most penguins live in regions of the planet that are far from any industrialization, and if these penguins become affected by such dangers as warming of the planet, contaminant accumulation, or over-population, humans are also in imminent danger. But we can make a difference before it’s too late. If we can protect the penguins, we can protect the planet.

Please help us in spreading the word about the importance of penguins to our planet. They need your help!