Saturday, November 10, 2007

Good news on Southern Rockhopper penguins

Scientists reported in September that the population of Southern Rockhopper penguins on Isla Noir, the most important colony for the Eudyptes chrysocom family in all of South America, has risen to 316,000. This is a highly positive sign, given the significant drop in the species' population in previous decades.

Best known for their large, yellow crests, the Southern Rockhopper has been able to live on Isla Noir in relative isolation due to the heavy rain and winds that are typical of the island.

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