✨The sale of this pin helps to fund the development, protection & monitoring of Galápagos Penguin nests! ✨
Fewer than 2,000, of which there are just 600 breeding pairs
Pollution, bycatch, non-indigenous species and climate change.
Galápagos penguins are rather romantic creatures. Once they choose a mate, they stay together as a couple through good times and bad. Penguin couples can often be observed preening one another, and tapping bills to strengthen their bond and communicate emotions.
They also develop strong family relationships. After their eggs hatch, chicks mature into fledglings. Unlike other penguins though, the chicks at Galapagos stay with their parents after this event, being cared for and fed into young adulthood.
Unfortunately, up to 77% of the Galápagos penguin population was wiped out by the 1982/1983 El Niño Southern Oscillation event, leaving only 463 total birds. A slow recovery began in 1985. However, a further decline of 66% of the population occurred during the 1997/1998 ENSO. The population appears to be once again in a recovery phase.
Galápagos penguins are vulnerable to habitat destruction, overfishing of primary food sources, ecological disasters such as oil spills, pollution such as trash in the ocean, and human encroachment into nesting areas.
Love the Galápagos penguin? Us too. But they're in real danger of being lost forever and are currently ENDANGERED.
Funds are urgently required to save some of the most beautiful creatures on earth.
Money raised from each pin badge will help fund the development, protection, & monitoring of Galápagos Penguin nests, to help the population grow and increase nesting pairs.
Do something amazing today and purchase the Galápagos penguin pin badge!