yellow eyed penguins
A New Zealand Penguin, Hard to Spot, Is Harder to Preserve
The shy yellow-eyed penguin, threatened by human endeavors, natural predators and hot weather, faces extinction despite conservation efforts.
By Marcel Haenen

The problems are familiar. Loss of habitat due to farming, difficulty coping with increasing temperatures attributable to climate change, decrease in fish stock due to commercial overfishing, wildfires (which killed half the population in 1995) and predation from dogs and cats. Basically: humans, again.


Incredibly shy, the yellow-eyed penguin is truly odd. Measuring about 65 centimeters, or just over two feet tall, with striking yellow eyes and a yellow band across its head, it is the rarest species of penguin, nesting in the forest and returning to it. It is also severely endangered.

Despite various measures deployed in recent years to protect this penguin’s flocks, the outlook remains bleak. On average, only 18 of 100 penguin chicks survive their first year at sea. A decade ago, the population was estimated at 6,000. Today conservationists reckon that only 2,000 yellow-eyed penguins are alive.

after very careful consideration i’ve decided sherlock would be a king penguin (he thought he was the king of england, come on). they’re fairly similar to emperor penguins (same genus) but slightly smaller. mycroft is an emperor penguin. john is a yellow-eyed penguin (look at that handsome fella). lestrade is a gentoo penguin. molly is a little blue penguin. moriarty is a snares penguin. mary is a royal penguin.