Fast Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 101 – The Yellow-eyed Penguin

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

Yellow-eyed penguin

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, as vital to our lives as water and good bread”
Edward Abbey

Yellow-eyed penguin courtship This Antipodean yellow-eyed penguin may well be the rarest penguin on earth, and if conservation efforts fail, it could be lost altogether.  The arrival of man in the New World has done untold damage to the species.  Its coastal habitat has been given over to development and agriculture.  Along with the loss of habitat, sheep and cattle not only graze the land, they are also capable of treading on nests, destroying eggs and often killing young chicks.  A further introduction of cats, dogs, rats and ferrets has seen adults penguins killed, eggs stolen and chicks eaten.

Rats were the first introduced predators. Although this was not deliberate, you can imagine the rate at which they multiplied.  Cats were then needed to control the rats.  In they…

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