What do you think of this Rockhopper Penguin?
Rockhopper penguins weigh less than 10 lbs. They were named for their distinctive hopping movements over the rocky hills and cliffs where they live and breed.
They are at risk due to climate change.
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Happy World Penguin Day! One of my life goals is to see all 18 of the world's penguin species. A couple weeks ago these stylish Northern Rockhopper Penguins were #13, at Gough Island in the mid Atlantic. (The five penguins left are: Yellow-eyed, Fiordland, Erect-crested, Royal, and Snares, all of which live in the New Zealand subantarctic region.)
Photo by @DaisyGilardini // Northern Rockhopper penguins live on the remote islands of the Tristan da Cunha group in the South Atlantic. You can only imagine my excitement when a few days ago, during a visit to a Southern Rockhopper colony in the Falkland Islands, I bumped into this beautiful penguin.
Recent population models indicate that over the past 37 years numbers have declined by 57% and are estimated around 240’300 breeding pairs (Cuthbert 2013, TdC and RSPB unpubl. data).
The reasons of the decline are still unclear but mostly likely are connected to the warming of the oceans.
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