Comments on: Good news for South American penguins Global environmental challenges Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: Anubis Fri, 02 Jan 2009 22:13:52 +0000 Anything we do to improve the environment for other creatures we improve for ourselves as well.

By: PRANAB HAZRA Wed, 31 Dec 2008 13:58:59 +0000 Anatomically, penguins have flippers instead of wings and therefore cannot fly. Though they are feathered they spend most of their lives at sea and must return to land to mate and lay eggs. On land, they either waddle on their feet or slide on their bellies.

Having evolved streamlined bodies, they can swim at up to 25 kms per hour (15mph). And they are not just superb swimmers, but also world class divers!

The reason for the penguins’ distinctive markings is something that is quite common to most creatures who “operate” in the sea. The white underside and a dark upper-side is camouflage against predators (think of leopard seal looking up against the light of the sky, versus one looking down at the murkier depths…).

Pretty good – depending on which species you want to see (it’s harder of course to get to see the famous Emperor penguin simply because of its geographic isolation in Antarctica).

Today, penguins face a number of threats, including destruction of nesting habitats, competition with fishermen for fish and shrimp, and introduced predators such as rats, dogs and foxes which eat penguin eggs and young.

However, the greatest potential threat to penguins in global warming, as they are extremely sensitive to climate change.

It is really hopeful that such an arrangement with great mission has been taken, as to preserve this beaytiful species will hold good undoubtedly that must be encouraging and rewarding to the living planet as well.