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Setback for Namibia’s penguins

Avatar of inke inke - 05. March 2019 - Environment

African Penguins with chicks on Halifax Island near Lüderitz. The flightless birds breed on various islands off the Namibian coast and at one site on the mainland.

Dirk Heinrich

On 13 February this year (2019) it became official: Namibia’s African penguins on Halifax Island off Lüderitz are dying from the dreaded influenza A virus subtype H5N8. Up to February 18th a total of 345 birds had been found dead on the island. The carcasses were burned.

Experts assume that up to 500 penguins had perished by that time because many died in the Atlantic and were swept away by the ocean current. The IUCN Red List classifies the flightless birds as endangered. A year earlier the highly contagious disease had been identified in South Africa.

For further information please have a look at Namibia Outdoor.

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