African penguins are in serious trouble.


Their numbers have plummeted  over the past century due to the  destruction of nesting sites,  egg poaching, oil spills, global  climate change, and competition for food resources with commercial fishing. There is hope to save this iconic species, through the

African Penguin Nest Project.

This year, our team documented the struggle of the African penguin, and the effort to deploy artificial nests.



Live on Facebook

The African penguin nest project is live on Facebook.  We're dedicated  to providing updated information about the struggles that the African penguin population is facing and highlighting the ways that each of us can help save them.  Click the Facebook link at the bottom of the page, like and share our site, and help us save this iconic species.


Penguins Get Homes

Hundreds of nests were deployed this spring on Bird Island, off the coast of South Africa in SANParks' Addo Elephant National Park. The penguins took to the nests quickly, moving in as fast as they were installed. One bird laid an egg in a nest just four hours after it was put out! And in just four days, penguin families had occupied 98% of the nests.

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Penguin Chicks

With well over a thousand nests already in five of the penguin colonies we've been anxiously awaiting breeding season to see the results of all the work.  While the global pandemic has reduced the amount of nest monitoring possible, for those areas that are being checked we're seeing very high usage rates and a significant number of penguin chicks.