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New Zealand Endangered Species : White-flippered penguins

Animal

The white-flippered penguin looks just like a little penguin. People who don’t know it may mistake it for a little penguin, but it’s actually a different kind of penguin. Easy to lift by hand with an ultra-small penguin. It’s a very cute penguin and it’s like a little bird. It is a penguin that is considered to be a species close to the ancestors of penguins and has a primitive body shape. This very cute penguin has been greatly reduced in number due to damage caused by predators such as foxes, dogs, cats and ferrets brought by humans, and it is said to be an animal with a high possibility of extinction. Currently, New Zealand has a protected area and is trying to reproduce artificially.

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Habitat

The white-flippered penguins live only in New Zealand.

Characteristic

The white-flippered penguins have a total length of only 40-45 cm. It’s a very small penguin and very cute. Its small body and bluish-gray feathers make it clearly different from other penguins. The back side is whitish overall, and there are white borders on the leading and trailing edges of the flipper. We dig the ground to build a nest and live in it. They go out for food during the day and come back to the nest at night. Although it is a small penguin, it has a very aggressive personality. It threatens and bites. When They go to bed, I repeat a short sleep time many times. Sleep for a few minutes, get up again and sleep for a few minutes.

Ecology

White-flippered penguins do not move around and settle down. In addition to small fish, squids and small crustaceans are used to dive into the sea for food. Nests are built in rock holes and caves, and breeding is carried out in them. The breeding form is oviparous and spawning takes place from July to December. Lays two eggs at a time. The incubation period is about one month. It will stand alone about 2 months after hatching. Use anything that can be hidden, such as under a rock, in a bush, under a building, or in a cave, and use it as a base for your life. Natural enemies are foxes, cats and dogs.

Endangered species

In New Zealand, there weren’t many creatures such as cats and dogs, and white-flippered pens lived freely, but cats and dogs brought in by Europeans began to attack white-flippered pens. It will greatly reduce the number. The white-flippered penguins are now said to be the most endangered animal of all penguins. Some areas have already become completely extinct and are in urgent need of action.

Conservation activities

Christchurch has a specialized protection facility for white-flippered pens. It is funded by the city council of Christchurch and is engaged in breeding activities. The population has not increased so much yet, so it is still in a critical situation.

Breeding

The white-flippered penguins are said to be the most endangered animal of all penguins. It is quite difficult for ordinary people to breed. Go to Christchurch. This is the only place where you can appreciate it.

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