EAZA Ex situ Programme (EEP)

King penguin

(Aptenodytes patagonicus)

 Jo Elliott 
Institution:   Edinburgh Zoo

EAZA Member Area


Edinburgh Zoo

IUCN Red List status

IUCN Red List LC


Programme roles

Indirect Conservation icon  Conservation education
The main role of the King penguin EEP, is to function as an ambassador for all other penguins species which face the same threats in the wild but are more threatened by extinction.

The EEP does not actively coordinate research, but does aim to facilitate research that is initiated by EEP participants or in situ partners, if it may contribute to conservation.
Potential studies include:
- There is still a lack of clarity regarding this species' taxonomy for which molecular genetic work could help. Since the origin of the founders of the EAZA populations known, therefore sample collection within EAZA may ultimately aid field research.
- The spread and impact of different diseases, such as Aspergillosis and Malaria.

As a charismatic species, the King penguin would help raise funding for other threatened penguins species.
Non Conservation icon  Exhibit
As a very attractive species for the public, the species is thought to have high exhibit value for the EAZA community.

Programme numbers

In April 2021, the King penguin EEP had 342 animals in 21 institutions.

Programme highlights

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