The Deep launched Project Penguin in 2014. Thanks to your generosity we have been able to contribute to penguin conservation across the globe.
The money raised through Project Penguin allows scientists to undertake essential ecological observations to help identify what the penguins behaviours reveal about their biology and how they interact in their environment.
We have been working with The Galapagos Conservation Trust to allow for the continued monitoring of the Galapagos penguin, which has revealed a dramatic decline in their numbers over recent years. The effects of human pressure, along with climate change causing increased El Niño effects, have led to a dramatic reduction in fish populations in the region. This is causing major issues for these birds. The information gained through these vital studies will help the Galapagos Trust and Galapagos National Park Service identify and hopefully alleviate unnatural pressures put upon this species and develop future management strategies for its long-term survival.
The Deep has also contributed to conservation work led by Bristol Zoo Gardens to further their research on penguin populations in South Africa. The Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation (BCSF) along with its South African and international partners are studying the threats to the African penguin and methods to establish new breeding populations. The hope is to expand their range along the southern and eastern coast of South Africa. Read more about the work of BCSF here.
The Deep’s own penguin exhibit is also helping to raise awareness of the threats that penguins face around the globe. Learn more about our Gentoo penguins here.
Make a difference either by donating to this project via our Just Giving page or by becoming a Citizen Scientist. By helping Penguin Watch you can contribute to essential penguin conservation from your own living room!