WWF Adopt a Penguin

The Adelié Penguins are one of several animal species threatened with massive decline as a result of global warming. A global temperature increase of just 2 degrees would result in the disappearance of 75% of these fascinating marine creatures – a species that has already seen a massive decline in numbers in recent years.

You can adopt a penguin for as little as £3 per month and you will receive a wonderful penguin adoption pack containing the following items.

Penguin adoption pack details

When you adopt a penguin, you’ll be helping to protect this amazing creature, its antarctic habitat and also many other animal species that live in the same environment. You will also receive an adoption pack that includes:

  • A cuddly toy penguin
  • A fact booklet about penguins
  • A beautiful penguin print
  • A greeting card
  • WWF’s tips on reducing everyone’s environmental impact
  • Three issues of Insight magazine throughout the year with updates about penguins

Threats and challenges to the penguin species

Man is largely responsible for the erosion of the penguin’s natural habitat through climate change induced by greenhouse gas emmissions and polution – the increase in global temperatures has already resulting in the Adelié penguin population declining in numbers by 65% in the past 25 years. Global warming results in melting of the polar ice caps, and it is on the sea ice that these aquatic birds live for the majority of the year. Antarctic sea-ice has reduced by 40% in the last 25 years alone.

The Adelié penguin is also threatened by a reduction of its food source through climate change, pollution and overfishing together with the loss of its nesting and breeding grounds. Other, larger penguin species such as the gentoo and chinstrap penguins are also moving into the Adelié penguin’s territory as their own habitat is depleted causing further competition for scarce resources.

All of these man made problems provide huge challenges to the survival of the Adelié penguins as well as many other species of animal that share their antarctic habitat. The Antarctic areas inhabited by these animals are experiencing rates of global warming of around five times that of the global average and so immediate action is required to save this species and many others.

About penguins

The penguin feeds on krill and fish and both of these food sources are in marked decline. Krill is also harvested commercially to use as aquarium feed and also for pharmaceutical uses, as well as being used as a human foodstuff in countried such as Japan and Russia.

Adelié penguins rely on the existence of sea-ice for most of the year but also need areas that are snow and ice free in order to raise their young. The parents take it in turns to warm the single egg that they produce while the other goes to feed.

Penguins feed on krill and fish. Krill are small crustacean similar to shrimp, and it is a foodstuff that they share with whales, seals and sharks among other animals.

Adelié penguins, as with other penguin species, are very sociable animals that mix, hunt for food and nest in large colonies. The Adelié penguin makes its nest from stones and they will protect their nests quite fiercely when needed – particularly from other penguins who may try to steal stones from nests to make their own!

Adult penguins can hold their breath for up to 6 minutes at a time and can dive to depths of 150 metres!

Adult penguins may wander off from the group for several days at a time and cover distances of up to 250 km in the process, walking at a rate of up to 2 km per hour over ice.

Where will my penguin adoption donation money go?

AdoptAPenguin.org.uk supports the WWF and all penguin adoption funds go directly to the WWF in their efforts to help the Adelié penguin and other animals that share its antarctic habitat. WWF works tirelessly in highlighting the causes and effects of global warming and climate change internationally in a bid to reduce the impact that it is having and will continue to have on our planet as a whole and all of the life upon it.

Your support will also help fund other essential WWF conservation work around the world.

Examples of WWF penguin conservation work

  • WWF worked with international governments to influence policy on climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gases.
  • Works to ensure that fishing within the region is sustainable and managed and monitors illegal fishing activities which threaten the survival of the animals that depend on fish stocks as a source of food.
  • WWF is working to ensure that oil exploration and mining activities remain suspended in this mineral-rich and potentially exploitable region.
  • WWF works with scientific researchers to further our scientific understanding of the antarctic region, the effects of climate change and the repercussions for wildlife in the region.