#WildlifeWednesday: These African Penguins will waddle right into your heart

Cape Town - Seeing as Saturday was African Penguin Awareness Day and this week is National Marine Week, we thought it fitting to look a bit closer at our waddling friend for #WildlifeWednesday.

The waddling African Penguin is a favourite among tourists in South Africa. Their colony at Boulder’s Beach in Cape Town is one of the best viewing spots in the coutry.

They are monogamous birds, which means they mate for life and both take turns to look after chicks. They may find new mates if something were to happen to their partners or they don’t return from a hunt.

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Today we lay down pipes as homes for penguins because humans took their guano for fertilisers, leaving little for them to make homes with. This is no longer legal as the colonies like the one on Bird Island in Algoa Bay recovers from decades of guano scraping.

Unfortunately many don’t live their full lifespan due to habitat loss and overfishing, and are considered endangered on the IUCN’s Red List. They live only in southern Africa so it’s very important that we look after their colonies.

They are amazing swimmers and dive to catch their food, which includes anchovies, pilchards and squid. They can reach speeds of up to 20km/h and are insulated by their waterproof feathers from the cold.

Footage courtesy of Siyaya - Come wild with us.

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