Africa’s only penguins face an uncertain future

As the birds formerly known as “jackass penguins” struggle to find food, South Africa debates whether to give them a leg up by banning commercial fishing near their island colonies.

The African penguin is more endangered than the white rhino, and it potentially faces extinction in just 15 years. Seaforth Beach is one of several breeding sites along a 1.25-mile stretch of protected South African coastline that makes up the Simon’s Town African penguin colony and includes the celebrated Boulders Beach. This is the only African penguin colony whose numbers remain stable, while other island-based colonies along the South African coastline are in alarming decline.

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