Tuesday, August 21, 2007
These penguins are endemic to the Galapagos, which means they are only found in the Galapagos. These small penguins are the northern most penguins and have adapted to warmer land temperatures than their more southerly relatives.
These penguins were photographed on the island of Isabela. Sadly, in a census done in 2006 there were only about 2,100 of these unique birds found. They are the only penguin listed as endangered. Their population was drastically reduced by the impact of the El Nino in 1997-98.
For more information on this amazing species of bird go to http://www.darwinfoundation.org/en/library/resources/fact-sheets and click on Galapagos penguins.