12th November 2018
Since the initial funding from The Deep, The IUCN Penguin Specialist Group have made headway in developing the Global Penguin Conservation Strategy, identifying the key areas for research, conservation and species priorities.
Of the 18 species of penguin across the globe, it was determined, through the examination of population trends and geographical range, that the species in most need of conservation action are the Yellow-eyed penguins, African penguins and the Galapagos penguins.
In addition to the focal species, twelve research and conservation needs were identified to improve the long term survival of penguins into the future. These included; enhanced marine spatial planning, the development of species-specific conservation action plans and continuing public outreach and education. The global impact of micro-plastics on penguins was also raised as a research priority.
The next phase will be to develop a manuscript that summarizes the research, conservation and species priorities outlined and to prepare and coordinate presentations and species evaluations in preparation for the 10th International Penguin Congress in Dunedin, New Zealand during August 24-29 2019.
In 2014, The Deep launched Project Penguin, a campaign to help raise awareness and fund crucial conservation efforts for the world’s penguin populations. Since its inception, we have supported and funded the continued research of the Galapagos Conservation Trust into the decline of the Galapagos penguin, which informs the management strategies on the islands.
We have also supported colleagues at Bristol Zoo in their efforts to bolster African Penguin populations in South Africa. Donated funds allowed urgent care to be administered to rescued and abandoned penguin chicks at The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB). Since opening in 2006, SANCCOB has released over 4,000 penguins back into the wild.
The money donated has been raised by The Deep’s generous customers, dropping loose change into a number of ‘money spinners’ within building. Working on a global scale, supported by governments and local communities the development of this crucial document will identify the global priorities and resources required to stabilise penguin populations into the future.