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Mélanie Wenger

Simon’s Town, South Africa, is home to a large breeding colony of African penguins. Some have become habituated to humans, settling in domestic gardens and wandering into homes. A few guesthouses are capitalizing on this, using the penguins’ presence as a selling point, but penguin experts warn that this habituation leads to the birds crossing roads or being struck by cars. Peak tourism season coincides with the birds’ annual molt, a summertime event when the birds are unable to forage for several weeks, potentially making them more vulnerable to stress. (From “Africa’s only penguins face an uncertain future,” October 2021.)


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