Skip to Content

Addo: Penguins

Addo, Camdeboo, Karoo, Mountain Zebra

Moderator: lion queen

User avatar
Imberbe
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 14480
Joined: Wed Aug 31, 2005 12:28 am
Location: Pretoria, RSA

Addo: Penguins

Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:36 pm

Penguin chicks are dying of cold after the recent rain.

Hundreds of penguin chicks die as winter takes its toll
Themba Boyi | 1 Hour Ago

The Addo Elephant National Park says this week’s cold front has taken a toll on African penguins’ breeding colonies in Algoa Bay.

At least 480 chicks have frozen to death on Bird Island between Tuesday and Wednesday.

The African penguin’s declining population has resulted in it being re-classified, as "endangered".

The birds are in their breeding season at the moment, and the chicks are between a few weeks and two months old.

The Park’s spokesperson, Megan Taplin, said the young birds aren’t well insulated.

“…they only have the down covering and that’s no protection from cold and wet weather at the same time.”

She said rangers on the Island had been trying to save as many chicks as possible after getting more than 20 mm of rain overnight on Tuesday.

“They’ve been trying to drain the nests that have filled up with rain … and then they’re also using things like old pipes to just put down on the ground over the penguin chicks to provide them some kind of shelter.”
Imberbe = Combretum imberbe = Leadwood = Hardekool = The spirit of the Wildernis!

Want to know more about the SANParks Honorary Rangers? Visit www.sanparksvolunteers.org


One positive deed is worth more than a thousand critical words.

User avatar
Elzet
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 7460
Joined: Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:37 pm
Location: Daar waar die bobbejane hul borshare kam

Re: Penguins die of cold.

Unread postby Elzet » Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:58 pm

ImageImageImage

It has been freezing cold, and combined with rain... But on the other hand, I suppose they do breed in freezing weather, and it is not the first time that cold is combined with rain in the former Cape Province? Perhaps elimination of the weakest? However, it still remains very, very sad.
“Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forget about those who don’t.” - Harvey MacKay

User avatar
flying cheetah
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 3055
Joined: Sat Jun 06, 2009 2:49 pm
Location: Burghausen, Germany

Re: Penguins die of cold.

Unread postby flying cheetah » Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:06 pm

Very sad but this is nature :cry: :cry:
Akukho nyon' endiz' ingahlali phansi. (Zulu)
There is not a bird that flies and never sits down.

User avatar
Imberbe
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 14480
Joined: Wed Aug 31, 2005 12:28 am
Location: Pretoria, RSA

Re: Penguins die of cold.

Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:09 pm

One problem is that many of our offshore islands have been stripped of the guano, which provided a layer in to which holes could be dug. These holes would provide the chicks with protection against cold and predatory birds.

The HR's have been involved in a project to provide artificial nests on some of these islands.
Imberbe = Combretum imberbe = Leadwood = Hardekool = The spirit of the Wildernis!

Want to know more about the SANParks Honorary Rangers? Visit www.sanparksvolunteers.org


One positive deed is worth more than a thousand critical words.

User avatar
terryc
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 714
Joined: Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:59 am
Location: 5 hours from Gods playground

Re: Penguins die of cold.

Unread postby terryc » Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:13 pm

Very, very sad. Is it colder, or is there more rain that normal. What is the guano, and has it been stripped due to human interference
26 June to 29 June - Berg N Dal
30 June to 1 July - P'kop
2 July to 3 July - Tamboti

I love to play in God's Playground

User avatar
Dotty
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 19663
Joined: Fri Feb 17, 2006 9:09 pm
Location: another national park.. in England

Re: Penguins die of cold.

Unread postby Dotty » Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:19 pm

definition of guano ...... the excrement of sea birds; can be used as fertilizer, but why this particular guano was stripped I don't know
KUDU's mean Well done and Thank you

User avatar
Imberbe
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 14480
Joined: Wed Aug 31, 2005 12:28 am
Location: Pretoria, RSA

Re: Penguins die of cold.

Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:27 pm

Exactly. Bird droppings had piled up for millions of years until humans decided in the 19th century to strip it for use as fertilizer.
Imberbe = Combretum imberbe = Leadwood = Hardekool = The spirit of the Wildernis!

Want to know more about the SANParks Honorary Rangers? Visit www.sanparksvolunteers.org


One positive deed is worth more than a thousand critical words.

User avatar
flying cheetah
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 3055
Joined: Sat Jun 06, 2009 2:49 pm
Location: Burghausen, Germany

Re: Penguins die of cold.

Unread postby flying cheetah » Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:15 pm

So it's human intervention in the environment again :redface: :redface:
Akukho nyon' endiz' ingahlali phansi. (Zulu)
There is not a bird that flies and never sits down.

User avatar
AjayB
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 431
Joined: Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:27 pm
Location: Cape Town

Re: Penguins die of cold.

Unread postby AjayB » Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:22 pm

Not too sure of the current official overall numbers or what the expected average natural mortality rate would be, but that sounds like a serious blow to the overall population given their current status. Not good news at all ---

User avatar
oddesy
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 3183
Joined: Wed Jan 02, 2008 4:57 pm
Location: Randburg, SA

Re: Penguins die of cold.

Unread postby oddesy » Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:47 pm

Thats not good news at all :(
The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle

User avatar
Pumbaa
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 5460
Joined: Fri Jan 28, 2005 4:43 pm
Location: Back to Reality

Re: Penguins die of cold.

Unread postby Pumbaa » Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:19 pm

:( :( :( :(

User avatar
Micetta
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 9547
Joined: Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:56 pm
Location: CH - Lugano

Re: Penguins die of cold.

Unread postby Micetta » Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:30 pm

Does this not usually happen during cold winters or is the winter maybe very early this year?

User avatar
Addo Elephant
Guru
Guru
Posts: 809
Joined: Wed Nov 24, 2004 4:15 pm

Re: Penguins die of cold.

Unread postby Addo Elephant » Thu Jun 17, 2010 1:37 pm

It's the cold combined with the wet and the strong wind = wind chill factor. We have had an abnormal amount of rain on the island: 63 mm over the past three days and winds of up to 95km/h. We don't normally get a lot of rain in June at all.
Megan Taplin
Communications Manager: Frontier Region

User avatar
Imberbe
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 14480
Joined: Wed Aug 31, 2005 12:28 am
Location: Pretoria, RSA

Re: Penguins die of cold.

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Jun 17, 2010 1:50 pm

The African Penguin has just been moved from Vulnerable to Endangered on the IUCN Red List.

This from a document by BirdLife SA.


African Penguins are currently the focus of extensive conservation action which is being conducted
by a number of organizations in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, and a concerted effort will be
needed to lift this embattled penguin from its precipitous population decline. “BirdLife South Africa’s
conservation work on the African Penguin is being funded by the Charl van der Merwe Trust and
Diemersfontein Wine Estate”, said Anderson. “Along the coast of Namibia and South Africa (the only
current breeding sites for the species), only seven islands now support 80% of the global population
which decreased from 141 000 pairs in 1956-1957 to an estimated 25 262 pairs today, representing
a decline of 60.5% over three generations”, explained Dr Ross Wanless, the Manager of BirdLife
South Africa’s Seabird Division.
Imberbe = Combretum imberbe = Leadwood = Hardekool = The spirit of the Wildernis!

Want to know more about the SANParks Honorary Rangers? Visit www.sanparksvolunteers.org


One positive deed is worth more than a thousand critical words.

User avatar
Micetta
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 9547
Joined: Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:56 pm
Location: CH - Lugano

Re: Penguins die of cold.

Unread postby Micetta » Thu Jun 17, 2010 2:48 pm

Thank you Megan and Imberbe :thumbs_up:


Return to “Frontier Parks”