African penguins are in danger of extinction. Major reasons include depletion of their food from overfishing, climate change and pollution from incidences such as oil spills. Most African penguins nest on islands, where they should be safe from predators, but cats, mongoose and other introduced predators are now present on many of these islands.
- Where to see them: Southern Africa
- Height: 2 to 2.5 ft
- Weight: 6 to 7 lbs
- Lifespan: 10 to 15 yrs
- Risk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)