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  • Writer's pictureKyle Sooley-Brookings

Emperor penguin listed as threatened species

By Christopher Michel - Antarctica, CC BY 2.0,

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has listed the Emperor penguin as a threatened species. The Emperor penguin was added to the list on October 25, 2022.

The species lives on the ice shelves of Antarctica.

With melting sea ice due to the climate crisis, the species is at risk of losing their habitat.

As of 2020, 61 emperor penguin breeding colonies are extant. Of the 66 total known colonies, four were not extant or not visible in the 2019 satellite imaging.

The species has also been found in Argentina, Australia, Chile, Falkland Islands, French Southern Territories, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, and New Zealand.


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