What Defenders is Doing to Help Penguins
In March 2009 the African penguins on the Cape of Good Hope got 200 new nesting boxes made of fiberglass that simulate natural nests that will protect them from the scorching sun and predators.
The penguins’ popularity in the hearts of people may also help them survive: an oil spill in 2000 prompted a massive rescue effort in which thousands of volunteers mobilized to rescue 38,000 birds.
Size: The blue penguin, also known as the fairy penguin, is the smallest of the penguin species at 16 inches tall (.41m). It weighs about 2.2 (1 kg) pounds. The largest penguin species is the emperor penguin, which is about 3.7 feet (1.1m) tall and weighs between 60 and 90 pounds (27-41 kg).
Lifespan: 15 to 20 years depending on the species.