NOVEMBER 24, 2008

Jackass Penguin
Spheniscus demersus Endangered
Some interesting information about these penguins is where their name came from. They got their name from their donkey-like call they give off. Their beak is so sharp that it can cause serious injury if it bites you. Some reasons why this animal is endangered is because humans like to harvest their eggs, reduction of the penguins food supply is used for commercial fishing, and oil population from oilers has gone up. The laws that protect this penguin are breeding colonies. Resources wiki/African_Penguin, http:// african_penguin_facts.htm Flicker users: bg_os JanAnneO

The Jackass Penguin belongs to the Animalia Kingdom, Chordata Phylum, Aves Class, Speniscus Genus, and S. demersus Species. Some distinguishing characteristics of the Jackass Penguin is that it’s a flightless bird, has feathers, and they are mostly

black and white. There are only a few close relatives to this penguin. They are the Humboldt Penguin, Magellanic Penguin, and the Galapagos Penguin. The Jackass Penguin is only found on the southern-western coast of Africa.

JACKASS PENGUIN The Jackass Penguin lives in the warmer latitudes between 20-40 degrees south. It is found on the rocky shores where they reproduce and take care of their young. Its routine is to take care of its young and to go fishing and stay away from their predators. Their position in the food chain is mostly secondary consumers, but sometimes they qualify as third consumers. Penguins eat fish, squid, sardines, krill,

and small shrimp. In return sharks, killer whales, and leopard seal eat them. Some adaptions that the Jackass Penguin has are that they have blubber under their skin to help keep them warm during the harsh weathers. They also puff up their feathers to keep them warm. To keep their feet warm they have a blubber layer along with feathers. These penguins are sexual and lay 2-3 eggs at a time.


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