Adopting Adélie penguins

Our commitment to environmental sustainability…


This year we have chosen to adopted the adorable Adélie penguins through the World Wildlife Fund.


Adélie penguins are one of the smallest and most widely found penguins in the Antarctic. They might seem clumsy on land, but they’re brilliant swimmers. They can dive down to 180m – though they tend to catch their food (mainly krill and fish) much closer to the surface. Adélie penguins depend on sea ice for their main food source. But parts of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean are warming rapidly, which is affecting some of the penguins’ feeding grounds.

Adélie penguins have seen a 65% decline over the last 25 years



• SEA ICE LOSS: Climate change is reducing the amount of sea ice in parts of the Antarctic Peninsula. One of the Adélie penguins’ main food sources, krill, breeds and feeds under the sea ice.
• MORE SNOW: Adélie penguins only nest on bare, dry land and increased snowfall during late winter and early spring may cause chicks to hatch later. There’s less krill around at this time of year, which can affect the chicks’ chances of survival.
• LOSS OF PREY: Overfishing of krill in parts of the Southern Ocean may also impact the penguins’ main food source.
• GENTOO PENGUINS: Adélie penguins may also lose ground to gentoo penguins, which are better adapted to warming Antarctic environments.



WWF work with governments, industries and individuals to help reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. They encourage them to switch to renewable energy – to help minimise climate change and the warming that threatens Adélie penguins, their food sources and their habitat.

WWF are also involved in helping improve the way Antarctica is managed through the Antarctic Treaty and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). They ensure that fisheries are sustainable and aim to eliminate illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.

By adopting Adélie penguins we are:

• improve the management of Antarctica’s resources and safeguard its wildlife
• establish a network of marine protected areas covering at least 10% of the 20 million km² Southern Ocean
• reduce illegal and unsustainable fishing practices
• raise awareness of the threats of climate change we all face
• fund our other essential work around the world


* All text and images are courtesy of the WWF website, to read more or to make a donation please visit

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