An oiled penguin in the aftermath of a spill in the waters of Algoa Bay.
Oil spills from a project that's designed to harness the economic potential of South Africa's oceans are threatening the world's largest remaining African Penguin colony.
A wild leopard seal on South Georgia.
Cooperation or theft? New observations show wild leopard seals sharing food when targeting king penguins in Antarctica.
How African penguins hunt and feed their chicks gives insight into the health of the marine ecosystem.
How African penguins and their chicks' respond to fish availability informs marine conservation.
The Casey Station is part of Australia’s permanent outpost in Antarctica.
Buildings and human disturbance in Antartica is clustered in an ice-free zone that is essential to most of the continent's biodiversity.
African penguins appear to move away from areas where seismic underwater surveys are happening.
Loud noise from underwater seismic surveys can drive penguins from their normal foraging grounds.
Present day Emperor penguins like this would have been dwarfed by the giant find.
Scientists in New Zealand have discovered an extinct penguin known as Kumimanu biceae that was 1.77m tall.
Bycatch: penguins can easily drown in nets designed to ensnare fish.
NZ Ministry of Fisheries
Penguins in New Zealand, Australia and elsewhere face an uncertain future as a new review documents the number accidentally ensnared in fishing nets.
Young African penguins are following the usual cues to feeding grounds only to find that the sources of food in these places is no longer available. This is devastating for their numbers.
Black rhino cow and calf, southern Africa.
Next time you plan a holiday you can rest assured that wildlife sightseeing can help some threatened species.
Adélie Penguins struggle to reach their nesting sites if there’s too much ice in the way.
Despite their image as cold-loving creatures, Adélie penguins could be winners from climate change.
The continent's ice caps are melting, and both native and alien species will soon colonise the newly uncovered areas.
After curbing fishing, the African penguins of the Western Cape are on the rebound.
The curbing of fishing has helped African penguins rebound from close to extinction – but it is not enough.
Not too hot, not too cold, but just right.
Gary Miller/Australian Antarctic Division
Emperor penguins are adapted to the bitter cold of Antarctica, but a new study reveals that during the last ice age it got too cold even for them.
Genomic data sets the record straight on where bird species sit on the avian family tree.
Today’s land birds, from ducks to eagles, shared a common ancestor after dinosaurs went extinct – just one finding from bird…
Knitting for penguins is part of a larger trend that yokes the creative and the activist.
Last week, a call for knitters to create tiny pullovers for oil-spill affected penguins went viral. Patterns for penguin knitwear from The Penguin Foundation bounced around social media. It was a bit of…
Some emperor penguins are searching for some new ice to call home.
Emperor penguins have been spotted breeding on ice shelves for the first time, where previously they were thought only to…
The very opposite of two weeks in Benidorm.
The drama and somewhat unintentional humour of first one and eventually three ships getting caught in heavy sea ice in the Southern Ocean has been closely followed since before Christmas. The images of…
Baby penguins can adapt to a variety of diets when primary food sources are scarce, a recent study has found. Despite predictions…
New research suggests penguins evolved with the Antarctic.
Flickr/Martha de Jong Lantink
Penguins are a remarkable group of flightless birds. We tend to think of them as Antarctic birds, but they actually inhabit an extremely diverse range of habitats from subzero Antarctic coastline to the…
Best served chilled: Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba)
Although it is far from the power stations, roads and flight paths of the populated world, the Southern Ocean is already responding to climate change. Average sea temperatures in some parts have risen…