Humboldt Penguin Conservation

Humboldt penguins are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List with an estimated 32,000 left in the wild off the coast of Chile and Peru.

The Humboldt penguin is under threat because they build their nests in Guano deposits, which are harvested for fertiliser. Invasive rats are known to predate the eggs of Humboldt penguins. They are also threatened by climate change which alters currents and water temperature. El Nino weather systems and commercial fishing reduces their food supply. They may be caught in fishing nets. They are also captured by the illegal trade for consumption and the pet trade.

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Humboldt Penguin Conservation

Humboldt penguins are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List with an estimated 32,000 left in the wild off the coast of Chile and Peru.

The Humboldt penguin is under threat because they build their nests in Guano deposits, which are harvested for fertiliser. Invasive rats are known to predate the eggs of Humboldt penguins. They are also threatened by climate change which alters currents and water temperature. El Nino weather systems and commercial fishing reduces their food supply. They may be caught in fishing nets. They are also captured by the illegal trade for consumption and the pet trade.

Sphenisco – Chile and Peru (Humboldt penguins)

Since 2008, Dublin Zoo has been providing annual financial support for Humboldt penguin conservation through Sphenisco. Sphenisco works with Chilean and Peruvian scientists and activists. They are involved with research, monitoring and protection of breeding islands, campaigning for the creation of marine protected areas and environmental education.

Dublin Zoo also participates in the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme for Humboldt penguins.

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