Living on the equator, Galapagos penguins are the most northerly occurring of all penguin species, but these charismatic birds have a more ominous claim to fame - they are the world's rarest penguins.
Found exclusively in the Galapagos Islands, their total population is less than 1,000 breeding pairs and they have been considered Endangered for more than a decade. With a range of threats including predation by introduced species, avian disease, habitat loss and climate change, the management and conservation of the remaining individuals is essential if we are not to lose this species forever.
A fundamental component of any conservation management strategy is monitoring the existing population of a species. Since 2011, the Galapagos Conservation Trust has been funding a three year monitoring and research project which has provided good insight into the current status of the Galapagos penguin. But with funding for this project coming to an end, only one survey expedition remains. In order to continue making the most informed management decisions necessary for conserving this unique species, monitoring must continue into 2014.
The Galapagos penguin faces a 30% probability of extinction in the next 100 years. This is why we have to act now.
Our hope is that through our Galapagos Penguin Appeal we will be able to extend our funding for this vital project, but this will only be possible with your support.
Will you help to protect the world's rarest penguin?
Because the Galapagos penguin faces a 30% chance of extinction in the next 100 years.