The Interior Department announced last week that the African penguin will be listed as an endangered species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Thanks in large part to a legal settlement with Turtle Island Restoration Network and the Center for Biological Diversity concerning a lack of protection for the penguin.
This is great news for African penguins, who have suffered a major decline in population throughout the past several decades — a 95 percent drop since preindustrial times.
The penguins new Endangered Species Act protection will raise awareness about the penguin’s current challenges, increase research and conservation funding, as well as provide oversight of U.S.-approved activities that could harm the species. The African penguin is now one of six penguin species around the world (the Humboldt of Peru and Chile, and the yellow-eyed, white-flippered, Fiordland and erect-crested of New Zealand) to earn protection status.
We would like to extend a big thank you to all Care2 members who are supporters of Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network — you helped make this possible!
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