Aug. 4, 2018

SUFB 525: 90 Percent Of The King Penguins Mysteriously Disappeared

SUFB 525: 90 Percent Of The King Penguins Mysteriously Disappeared

There is a population on the Ile aux Cochons that is located between South Africa and Antarctica that holds a significant portion of the populations of King Penguins. Unfortunately, the population of those penguins has decreased by 90% over the past...


There is a population on the Ile aux Cochons that is located between South Africa and Antarctica that holds a significant portion of the populations of King Penguins. Unfortunately, the population of those penguins has decreased by 90% over the past 40 years going from 2 million individuals to 200,000. 

Researchers have been using satellite imagery to measure the population change over the years and discovered the huge loss of penguins. The hypothesize that the loss could be due to climate change and El Nino events, Competition for Food and Avian Cholera. 

The researchers plan on visiting the island to determine the cause(s) on a trip in 2019.

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