Falkland Island Penguins Threatened

Conservationists in the Falkland Islands, only 700 miles north from mainland Antarctica, have launched a plan to monitor climate change on the island’s penguin population.
The Falklands are home to at least four types of penguins, Rockhoppers, Magellanics, Gentoos, and King penguins. The island attracts thousands of tourists every year, and many of them come for the islands penguins, who are a vital facet of the local economy.
Conservationists fear that penguin colonies are under threat as climate change depletes sources of food. Starvation killed some 100 King penguin chicks in 2009. Under the plan, conservationists will count every bird in a bid to determine how to preserve the colonies.


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