Threats and Actions :
There are different threats for the different populations of penguins around Australia. For the population in Manly it is the destruction of their habitat, like vegetation burn off and predation from foxes, dogs and cats. Humans' living so close to the penguins also causes damage, deterring penguins from nesting in certain areas near light, noise and movement, as well as delaying the penguins from feeding their chicks on time. Some penguins are drowned, by fishermen setting up nets near a penguin colony, plastics being swallowed, oil spills are a problem for all sea birds- being toxic when ingested, and affecting the buoyancy and insulation of their plumage. Often these penguins are rescued from these sites, and the success of rehabilitation depends solely on the amount of penguins released back into the wild. This means that the penguin's success in the wild is not monitored, with the most effort going into the collecting and rehabilitation of penguins.
Posted May 13, 2010 at 2:18 AM