Deep penguins on international threatened species list

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Published: Friday 7th November 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

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The 9 penguins currently residing at Hull’s Deep Aquarium are part of the Gentoo breed that is on the ‘at risk’ list compiled by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The IUCN which is celebrating its 50th anniversary of preservation this year says the species of penguin is ‘near threatened’ because whilst some populations have apparently increased, rapid declines in other key populations are driving a rapid global decline’.

Graham Hill, Science officer at The Deep said that “the birds are usually found around the Falkland Islands and other areas of the South Atlantic.

“We have 9 birds at The Deep in our purpose built enclosure and we are working with other organisations to raise awareness of the issues penguins face around the globe, as well as providing an education focus for young people”

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The Deep’s penguin project has also helped monitor the endangered Galapagos penguin.

The Gentoo Penguins swim at The Deep

“Penguins face all kinds of threats from a range of sources, Oil exploration being one of them” Said Graham.

Anyone that visits The Deep is helping to support their work in protecting these magnificent birds, not to mention they are fascinating to observe and watch.

The Deep is open from 10.00am – 6.00pm every day, see website for details  and the Penguins can be observed close up in their new enclosure.

 

 

 

 

 

Published: Friday 7th November 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

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