- Emperor penguins are classed as near threatened and there are about 60,000 left in their species.
- They are affected by climate change and fisheries.
- Populations have declined by up to 50% in some places and one colony off the Antarctic Peninsula has disappeared completely.
- Emperor penguins may be the only bird never to set foot on land as their colonies are on the sea ice and they even breed on frozen sea.
- Emperor penguins are a vital part of the Antarctic food chain. They eat creatures like squid and small fish, and are an important source of food for predators like leopard seals and large sharks.
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