Bird Flu under Control, but Namibia’s Penguins are still threatened - News - Gondwana Collection

News

Gondwana's Newsroom

Bird Flu under Control, but Namibia’s Penguins are still threatened

Avatar of inke inke - 09. juillet 2019 - Environment

An adult African Penguin feeds its young after days of foraging in the Atlantic Ocean.

Dirk Heinrich

The avian influenza A(H5N8) virus, which has claimed numerous victims among the African Penguin colony on Halifax Island near Lüderitzbucht since the beginning of this year, seems to be under control. According to penguin expert Dr Jessica Kemper, no dead penguins have been found on Halifax and the other islands off Namibia's coast since early May. Earlier this year, 397 carcasses were discovered and burned on Halifax Island (10 ha) alone, another 45 on Ichaboe Island (6 ha) and 19 on Mercury Island (3 ha). Countless dead penguins were spotted in the Atlantic Ocean. It is believed that at least 600 of the endangered flightless birds have died of the dreaded disease.

New comment

0 comments

Stay up-to-date with our monthly 'Gondwana Tracks' Newsletter Sign up Today