Recent research found which penguin could go extinct in the next 25 years?
Who wants to live in a world without penguins? It’s a terrible thought but something that could become a reality if we’re not careful. New research from the University of Otago found that human factors, including fishing, dog walking and contaminated rivers, all have harmful effects on the New Zealand penguin population. If urgent action isn’t taken soon, the researchers say, this particular type of penguin could go extinct locally within 25 years. Source: University of Otago
The yellow-eyed penguin (Megadyptes antipodes) or hoiho is a penguin native to New Zealand. Previously thought closely related to the little penguin (Eudyptula minor), molecular research has shown it more closely related to penguins of the genus Eudyptes. Like most other penguins, it is mainly piscivorous.
The species breeds around the South Island of New Zealand, as well as Stewart Island, Auckland Islands, and Campbell Islands. Colonies on the Otago Peninsula are a popular tourist venue, where visitors may closely observe penguins from hides, trenches, or tunnels.