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US Adds Emperor Penguins
to Threatened Species List
Oct 25, 2022 9:46 PM CDT
US Adds Emperor Penguins to Threatened Species List
Designation is a 'call to action,' says director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service
- Emperor penguins, the species seen in
March of the Penguins
, are marching toward extinction due to habitat loss caused by climate change, scientists warn. The birds, the biggest species of penguin, were listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act on Tuesday, the
New York Times
Emperor Penguin Poop
Reveals Hidden Colonies
Aug 5, 2020 9:30 AM CDT
Emperor Penguin Poop Reveals Hidden Colonies
On the downside, all are in fragile areas
- Good news following a massive breeding failure of emperor penguins: There are 20% more colonies in Antarctica than previously known. They were discovered thanks to patches of penguin poop so large they could be seen from space. The red-brown guano left behind on ice, captured in high-resolution images from a...
Thousands of Penguin Chicks
Apr 25, 2019 12:10 AM CDT
Catastrophe Drowned Thousands of Penguin Chicks
Emperor colony has suffered total breeding failure
- The second-biggest breeding ground for Antarctica's emperor penguins is now almost completely deserted after a 2016 catastrophe, researchers say. Satellite photos show that the Halley Bay colony in the Weddell Sea, where around 8% of the world's emperor penguins normally breed, disappeared almost overnight, the BBC reports. Researchers...
the Size of
Aug 10, 2014 8:43 AM CDT
Fossil Find: Penguins the Size of NBA Players
Klekowskii penguin would have dwarfed modern cousins
- At 90 pounds, the emperor penguin has earned the title of World's Biggest Penguin—but it once had a relative that could have blown it out of the proverbial water. Researchers have discovered fossils of a 250-pound penguin on Antarctica's Seymour Island, Phys.org reports.
Marching Toward Peril
Jun 30, 2014 6:58 AM CDT
Emperor Penguins Marching Toward Peril
Study: Climate change to cause steep population declines by 2100
- The iconic Emperor penguin is now marching toward its own demise thanks to climate change, according to the first study to assess the creature's long-term chances. An international team of scientists studying Antarctica's Emperor penguin population is calling for the birds to be reclassified as "endangered" after...
Apr 13, 2012 6:25 PM CDT
Scientists Count 600K Penguins From Space
That's double the number of emperors thought in Antarctica
- It's a pretty nifty science story to begin with: Scientists used a new technique to conduct what
calls the "first-ever penguin census from space." They pored over satellite images of Antarctica with resolution sharp enough to count about 600,000 emperor penguins on the continent....
Lose Track of
Sep 13, 2011 3:16 AM CDT
Scientists Lose Track of 'Happy Feet' Penguin
Transmitter probably fell off, trackers hope
- The story of "Happy Feet," the wayward emperor penguin that turned up in New Zealand, has captivated the world, but we may never know how it ends. The young penguin was returned to the wild last week and a transmitter that was attached to him has stopped relaying...
Aug 4, 2011 12:47 PM CDT
120K Following Penguin Via Webcam
Happy Feet doing well, to be released soon
- Happy Feet is now a creature of the Internet age. The wayward emperor penguin, discovered on a New Zealand beach six weeks ago, will soon be returned to the wild —but not before he picked up an online following of more than 120,000. That's how many unique...
Zoo Plans Release
of Lost Penguin
Jun 29, 2011 3:44 PM CDT
Zoo Plans Release of Lost Penguin
'Happy Feet' still improving, but it's only getting a partway-ride home
- A young emperor penguin that turned up on a New Zealand beach won't be getting a free ride all the way back to its Antarctic home—but the bird's human friends will at least help it get a little closer. Today, an advisory group headed by the nation'...
Jun 27, 2011 1:05 PM CDT
Wayward Penguin Better After Surgery
'Happy Feet' had been eating sand and wood
- New Zealand's favorite penguin visitor is more lively and eating fish after undergoing endoscopic surgery today to remove some of the beach sand and twigs it swallowed, apparently mistaking it for snow. Full recovery for the young emperor penguin—nicknamed Happy Feet—may take months, and officials are still...
Lost Penguin Moved to NZ Zoo
Jun 24, 2011 4:02 AM CDT
Lost Penguin Moved to NZ Zoo
Health is suffering after 2K-mile trek from home
- Conservation officials in New Zealand have decided against letting nature take its course with a young Emperor penguin who turned up on a beach 2,000 miles from his Antarctic home. The penguin—nicknamed "Happy Feet"—was moved to a zoo in Wellington after his health appeared to...
2K Miles From Home
Jun 21, 2011 10:34 AM CDT
Penguin Spotted 2K Miles From Home
Emperor penguin likely got lost hunting for food
- A young Emperor penguin took a rare wrong turn from the Antarctic and ended up stranded in New Zealand—the first time in 44 years the aquatic bird has been sighted there in the wild. The penguin is about 10 months old and stands about 32 inches high, experts say....
the Poop on
Jun 2, 2009 4:19 AM CDT
Experts Get the Poop on Penguins
- Emperor penguin droppings are so concentrated that the reddish-brown guano has been spotted from space, reports the
of London. That's a good thing because it's helping scientists pinpoint colonies of the giant birds in Antarctica and help experts track climate change affects. “The ice gets pretty dirty and...
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