With Valentine’s Day around the corner love is in the air, and it is no different for the rockhopper penguins (Eudyptes moseleyi) who mate for life.
There is something particularly special about the rockhopper penguin, one of the smallest penguin species who are known for their distinguished crest of spiky yellow and black feathers on top of their heads. They bound from rock to rock in their sub-Antarctic rocky terrane in large colonies, and they mate for life. Studies have shown theses incredible penguins are monogamous, mating with the same penguin their whole lives. The mates form a strong bond as they collaborate to take care of the egg and their chick. Every year after brutally cold winters and long journeys the mates come back together ready for breeding season.
The ‘be my penguin’ range from ZSL (Zoological Society of London) is the p-p-perfect gift this valentines to show your loved one know that they are your penguin.
Valentines gifts available for purchase at the ZSL shop, including an array of penguin toys, help to support international conservation charity ZSL, and its wildlife projects. The penguin retail collection starts at £6.00 and can be shopped online with international delivery available.
The rockhopper penguin was listed as endangered in 2008 by the IUCN. The rapid population decrease over the last three generations (30 years) throughout its range are down to changes in sea temperature, competition and incidental capture in fisheries and introduced predators.
Funds raised from purchases at the ZSL shop enable the wildlife conservation charity ZSL to continue active conservation projects in more than 50 countries and two Zoos.
The ‘be my penguin’ collection is available online now.