Updated: Feb 24
Without a structural change in how people care for the planet and its resources we will see the extinction of the wild population of African penguins in our lifetime.
The year 2026 isn't that far into the future, yet there's thoughts that this might be the make or break year for the future of African penguins and their ability to exist as a wild species. The population under human care is currently strong in zoological facilities around the world, meaning the species is highly unlikely to go full extinct in the near future. This reservoir population won't help in the wild if the threats that have caused the population to decline 99% since the beginning of the 1900's aren't addressed.