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On the Edge - African Penguins - African Penguins by Barbara Kopeschny
  On the Edge - African Penguins 
Subject: African Penguins
Dimensions (inches): 12 x 24
Medium: Acrylic on Hardboard
Description: My inspiration for the painting 'On the Edge - African Penguins", resulted from an awareness that the African Penguins have moved from a Threatened Species to the Endangered Species List in September of 2010. I was excited to learn that the Metro Toronto Zoo acquired the new residents this year.

Although they have a questionable fate in extreme population decline, I was particularly interested in capturing the 'whimsy' they portray within their social groups. Whether they are resting, sleeping or just happily nuzzling each other in a form of affection, they are always a joy to observe. I am hopeful we can protect these charming African Penguins from their population decline by stopping all the issues and supporting the causes working to save them.

Scientific Name: Spheniscus demersus
Physical attributes: They range from about 18 - 25 inches tall and weigh up to 11 pounds. Lifespan 10 - 15 years in the wild up to 30 years in zoos.
Range: Inshore islands off the coast of southwestern Africa ranging from Namibia to South Africa.
Prey: Small fish, anchovies, sardines also squid and cetaceans.
Predators: Sharks, fur seals in water; seagulls, mongoose, cats prey on young and nesting adults.
Population has dropped from 1 million to an estimated 80 thousand that's about 92% decline in 100 years!

They are declining because of oil spills, predators, less nesting space, commercial fishing and climate change. One of the African Penguin's main food supply, sardines, have moved away from their traditional feeding grounds due to commercial overfishing and ocean warming.
Original Available For Sale: Yes
Price: $3,400.00 US

Limited Edition Available: No
Conservation Committment: 5% (Artist commits to donating the indicated portion of proceeds to conservation)
This artwork is dedicated to: African Fund for Endangered Wildlife  


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