Africa’s only penguin species
Once numbering in the millions, African penguin populations have plummeted to less than 42,000 individuals. Overfishing, habitat degradation, and disasters (oil spills, disease outbreak, etc.) have contributed to this significant decline. Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) facilities have joined forces to help the African penguin by developing various initiatives, from improving disaster response protocols for oil spills to constructing artificial nests.