A Guest Blogger has published a post on the Island News blog. His name is Popi, and he’s going to tell you how they support penguins in real life and the organisation.
Nice to meet you! My name is Pablo, but you can call me Popi.
To celebrate World Penguin Day, we here at Global Penguin Society are excited to have the opportunity to tell you more about our organization and how we support penguins in real life!
GPS is an international organization created to protect all the penguins of the world. It is the first and the only coalition that works exclusively for the conservation of the 18 different species of penguins that live on our Planet.
GPS carries out scientific studies to learn more about penguins and help them better. We work in many countries where penguins live to make sure penguins are safe and happy in their colonies, where they build nests and raise their chicks. Our efforts are also focused in the oceans because penguins swim in it to find food for themselves and for their chicks. We are making many efforts to keep the beaches and the seawater clean so they are not affected by oil or garbage.
We help to elaborate rules for tourists that visit penguin colonies, so they enjoy the experience and penguins are not afraid or keep a bad memory of people. We like to share what we learn and what we do to help penguins, so we give talks, participate in TV shows, documentary films, and radio interviews to make people value penguins and oceans and behave in a better way to help them. We love to take communities and kids to visit nearby penguin colonies for the first time, so they can understand what penguins need from them. By working with a lot of people in all the globe GPS is putting forward a stronger, unified voice for penguins.
Penguins have the characteristic that makes them very sensitive to some human activities. They do not fly, making it difficult for them to escape from introduced animals that can harm them like housecats and rats. They depend on food that is in the ocean, but it is not sure where or when the fish will be available for them. Penguins can also live for many years (over 30 years in Magellanic penguins for example), they only lay one or two eggs each year, and take several months to raise their chicks. In addition, penguins make use of very big areas in the ocean when they feed and, during winter migrations, so they are exposed to a variety of problems like oil pollution and lack of fish for food.
As we can see, penguins feed in the ocean and breed on land, facing threats in both environments. Climate change, contamination, and harmful fishing impoverish oceans, while habitat degradation, introduced predators and human disturbance is affecting penguins on land. The condition of penguin populations reflects the health of the oceans, providing information about the most important conservation problems. People love penguins but are not aware of the problems penguins must solve to survive, feed their chicks and protect them so they can grow and become adults.
We hope you enjoyed learning more about our organization! Stay tuned for more penguin facts in our penguin 101 post coming April 27.