Highlighted in recent news, the effect of global warming and climate change is having a huge impact on penguin hunting grounds. The warming waters are driving food sources further away from established nesting sites, exhausting the adults and increasing the risk of starvation to their chicks. They are simply unable to adapt to the increasingly changing environment. These funds will be used to create a worldwide Penguin Conservation Strategy which will go on to inform future plans and conservation actions.
The Penguin Specialist Group consists of over 50 members, representing the world’s leading expertise on the conservation, research and management of all 18 penguin species across the globe. Having met in 2016, the newly formed group are working to compile up to date knowledge and accurately re-assess populations and identify threats for all penguin species for the IUCN Red List. The money has been raised by The Deep’s generous customers, dropping loose change into a number of ‘money spinners’ within building.
Katy Duke, Chief Executive at The Deep says “This is a crucial step forward in protecting the world’s penguin populations. Planning and prioritising conservation efforts for penguins as a holistic approach will be hugely beneficial for conservation actions. It will also give us a greater platform to share conservation stories from the field with our visitors, who without, this work would not have been possible.”
Historically The Deep has contributed to the success for penguin conservation, funding crucial research for the Galapagos penguin and chick rearing efforts for the African penguin. However to have the best chances of protecting penguin populations, efforts must be connected on a global scale, supported by governments and their local communities.
Kira Mileham, Director, IUCN SSC Strategic Partnerships says “Aquariums play a vital role in the future of protecting species who are facing increasing challenges to survive in the wild. This support from The Deep will allow the IUCN SSC Penguin Specialist Group to build a roadmap for saving penguins around the world and help diverse organisations rally together to make this happen. The IUCN SSC is very grateful for the partnership with The Deep and the support from their visitors.”
The development of this crucial document will lay the foundations to strategize a viable conservation plan and identify the global priorities and resources required to stabilise penguin populations into the future.