Protecting penguins

Penguins face many natural and human threats. Two projects in particular highlight IFAW’s efforts to protect vulnerable penguin populations.

Rescuing African Penguin Chicks
On several penguin colonies, including Dyer Island and Stoney Point close to Cape Town in South Africa, chicks that hatch late in the season are frequently abandoned by their parents. When the weather grows warmer, the adults begin their annual moulting during which they are unable to swim and bring food to their offspring.

Left in the wild, these chicks would not survive, worsening the already rapid decline in the numbers of African penguins. But thanks to IFAW, working in partnership with the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), starving chicks are rescued and cared for until they can be released back to their home colonies.

South American Penguin network
Every year, penguins suffer the terrible effects of the illegal dumping of bilge oil along the coasts of Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.

To help rescue oiled birds, IFAW began the Penguin Network Project. The project now involves eight wildlife organisations that help with cleaning up and ‘banding’ birds so their post-release movements can be monitored.