“Given an annual rate of decline of about 2% per year, there is considerable concern about the long-term viability of African Penguins in the wild. The African penguin population is currently less than 5% of the original population and still declining rapidly — as a result, it has been classified as ENDANGERED by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and is listed in Appendix II of CITES and the Bonn Convention for the conservation of migratory species.
The causes of this precipitous decline are numerous, and mainly human-induced.”
— Adapted from text at penguinpromises.com
Animal keepers all over the country have been "waddling" to raise awareness about the African Penguin (Spheniscus Demersus).
Their scientific name is Spheniscus Demersus. Spheniscus is a diminutive of the Greek word spen, meaning a wedge, which refers to their streamlined swimming shape, while demersus is a Latin word meaning plunging.Penguin Promises
The waddle started in 2010 and they've been doing the route from Gansbaai to Simonstown ever since; you may have seen them marching through Betty's Bay.
They're about to embark on the 2015 waddle from the 13th to the 18th of April and would like to have your support. Join them for a few hours, they'll be in Betty's Bay on Thursday the 16th, or for the last section from Muizenberg down to the Boulders colony, or for the whole route.
- Surfer's corner, Muizenberg.
- 8h30 to depart at 9am, arrive penguins approx 12h30
- Please dress in black and white for the penguins!
For all the details and more, visit Penguinpromises.com