Penguin biologist Paul Leonard is in South Africa researching African penguins in the wild on Dassen Island, once home to 600,000 penguins. The following is a photo update from the field, where there are only about 8,000 birds today.
Most people aren't aware that African penguins make their nests underground. Here on Dassen, the penguins have chosen several different schemes to call home.
African penguin burrows
artificial homes were transplanted around the island. However, the penguins seem to prefer their traditional design.
about the time Paul spent nursing abandoned chicks to health at a local
rescue facility here.
Follow the adventures of Paul's
co-worker, Jo! Aquarium educator Jo Blasi is still on the mainland in
South Africa learn about African penguins and raising abandoned chicks
at SANCCOB through their chick bolstering project! Read about her experience on the Explorers Blog.
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The Aquarium is home to more than 80 penguins who live in a bustling colony found on Level 1 surrounding the Giant Ocean Tank. The Aquarium breeds African penguins as part of a Species Survival Plan and promotes education programs about penguins around the world.
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