Funding Safe Nests for African Penguins

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In just three decades, the African penguin population has declined more than 50 percent. Now endangered, African penguin populations continue to decline, due to destruction of breeding grounds for the guano harvest, and “egging”—humans collecting newly-laid eggs to sell at markets.

These factors, paired with oil spills and overfishing, have severely decimated this already fragile population. In partnership with the SAFE program, Smithsonian scientists are addressing the African penguin crisis by building nest boxes where penguins can safely lay their eggs, and, once hatched, the nest box will provide a stable environment for growing chicks.

With funding from Conservation Nation, we can help scientists reach their goal of installing 2,600 nest boxes on African penguin nesting islands, and ensure penguins continue to swim wild in the waters of southern Africa.

Steven Sarro

Steven Sarro is a supervisory biologist/curator at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and primarily supervises the small mammal collection and the animal care stall. Sarro is responsible

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