Monday, April 11, 2005

Populations of Penguin Species

There are 17 different species of penguins. The most populous species is the antarctic chinstrap penguin with maybe as many as 15 million, while the least populous appears to be the Galapagos penguin with as few possibly as 800 breeding pairs. A couple others, the yellow-eyed and the Humboldt, have been estimated at, variously, 1500 & 2000 and 6000 to 10,000 breeding pairs, respectively. Most of the others seem to have populations in the hundreds of thousands.

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