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Saving Africa's only native penguin species

Date posted: 
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Africa’s only native penguin species is inching towards extinction.

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The African Penguin population, once numbering in the millions, has been reduced to just 1% of its size in the 1900s. Historical egg collecting between 1900 and 1930 resulted in the removal of a staggering 13 million eggs from southern African islands. At the same time, the “white gold rush” for guano, harvested for fertiliser resulted in widespread habitat alteration. See the full story here.

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