Penguins are in danger. These adorable waddling creatures – a species of bird with flippers instead of wings – are facing immediate threats to their existence because of warming temperatures, melting sea ice, ocean pollution and commercial fishing. In fact, of the 18 different penguin species in the Southern Hemisphere, 60% are listed as threatened.
Two species of penguins, the Emperor penguins and Adelie penguins, live mainly in Antarctica. As sea ice melts, these penguins lose their places to breed and eat. In 2008, a WWF study estimated that 50% of the emperor penguins and 75% of the Adelie penguins will likely decline or disappear in less than 40 years if global average temperatures continue to rise. Additionally, commercial fishing means many penguins do not have enough to eat and are often caught accidentally in fishing nets. If nothing is done, penguin population will continue to decline at a rapid rate.
You can help.
Project Peril works with reputable partners in South America to save penguins by protecting ocean habitat. Your donation will go directly towards supporting this work through our Penguin Recovery Fund. Together, we can save penguins from extinction.
About Project Peril:
Project Peril, a program of Greater Good Charities, is committed to saving endangered species by supporting holistic and hands-on wildlife conservation efforts.
Greater Good Charities has ultimate authority and discretion with regard to the distribution of its funds. All expenditures made are consistent with the exempt purposes of Greater Good Charities.