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African penguin features in IUCN Red List's Amazing Species

27 Jan 2014 - 10:00

Since 2011, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has been keeping a list of 'Amazing Species' on their Red List website. The initiative is designed "to increase awareness of the enormous variety of life on our planet, and raise the profile of threatened species". In December 2013, the African penguin made the list. The IUCN produces a nice PDF for each species with links to websites where you can find out more about them and how you can help. The PDF for the African Penguin can be found here. The African Penguin was listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in 2010 and the species continues to decline at an alarming rate. For more on what you can do to help, visit SANCCOB's websiteBirdLife International's Global Seabird Programme or consider supporting the University of Cape Town's Environmental Research.  

The Amazing Species series continues in 2014 and can be followed on the IUCN's websites or directly using the Amazing Species Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/AmazingSpecies.