Posted by: galapagosinc | June 16, 2009

Galapagos Penquins need “condos” to beat Global Warming

The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the most rare and exotic species that exist in today’s world. But with the rising sea level and global warming getting worse, some species, such as the Galapagos Penguin, have to go to extreme measures to exist.
Scientists decided the indigenous penguin needs “condos” built in cooler, higher areas to nest more safely.  Shadier bushes would protect plants and animals such as birds and tortoises that produce too many of the same sex in hotter weather. Galapagos Penguins need “condos” to beat global warming. Because of their remote location, the Galapagos may be more affected by climate change. The El Nino effect, a warming of equatorial watersgalapagos_travel_guide_066 in the eastern Pacific that affects ocean currents and climate around the world, may become more intense and variable with global warming.
The penguin, “spheniscus mendiculus”, is the only one of its kind to live on the equator due to the cool water and air temperatures from ocean currents. One of the smallest penguins, it weighs about 2.5 kilograms. Penguins are also very “fussy” about where they live and are unwilling to move their nests, Di Carlo said. Scientists say they want to provide them with more shady homes of stone or concrete because the birds mate better in cooler temperatures.

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