Description

Penguins

Natural History and Conservation

Edited by Pablo Garcia Borboroglu and P. Dee Boersma

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  • $39.95 hardcover (9780295992846) Add to Cart
  • Published: 2013
  • Subject Listing: Natural History, Birds
  • Bibliographic information: 360 pp., 200 color illus., 7.5 x 10 in.
  • Series: Samuel and Althea Stroum Books
  • Contents

Penguins, among the most delightful creatures in the world, are also among the most vulnerable. The fragile status of most penguin populations today mirrors the troubled condition of the southern oceans, as well as larger marine conservation problems: climate change, pollution, and fisheries mismanagement. This timely book presents the most current knowledge on each of the eighteen penguin species-from the majestic emperor penguins of the Antarctic to the tiny blue penguins of New Zealand and Australia, from the northern rockhopper penguins of the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans to the Galapagos penguins of the equator-written by the leading experts in the field.

Included for each species:

o Life history

o Distribution, population sizes and trends

o International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) status

o Threats to survival

o Legal protection

The book also provides information on current conservation efforts, outlines the most important actions to be taken to increase each population's resilience, and recommends further research needed to protect penguins and the living creatures that share their environment.

Beautifully illustrated with full-color photographs of each species in their natural habitat and detailed charts and graphs, Penguins will be an invaluable tool for researchers, conservation groups, and policy makers. It will also enchant anyone interested in the lives or the plight of these fascinating animals.
Pablo Garcia Borboroglu is a researcher at the National Research Council of Argentina, president of the Global Penguin Society, and affiliate professor at the University of Washington. P. Dee Boersma is professor of biology and Wadsworth Endowed Chair in Conservation Science at the University of Washington. She is coeditor of Invasive Species in the Pacific Northwest and executive editor of Conservation magazine.
Contents
Global Penguin Society
Introduction

I. LARGE PENGUINS GENUS APTENODYTES
1. King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus)
2. Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri)

II. BRUSH-TAILED PENGUINS GENUS PYGOSCELIS
3. Adpagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus)

VI. LITTLE (OR BLUE) PENGUIN GENUS EUDYPTULA
17. Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor)

Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Contributors
Reviews

"This refreshing approach is forward thinking and has the potential to stimulate more specific interest and research on penguin conservation. Additionally, the figures and photography are beautiful...this valuable resource is a must have for bird enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in conservation biology."
-Choice Reviews, October 2013

"This is an essential book for those who love penguins. Each of the world's 17 penguin species is beautifully illustrated with full-color photographs of the birds in their natural habitat. Detailed charts, graphs and tables help present interesting and useful information about each species."
-Fritz Brock, Wildlife Activist, No. 74