EAZ Ex Situ Programme (EEP)

Magellanic penguin

(Spheniscus magellanicus)

 Thomas Lipp
Institution:  Zoologischer Garten Augsburg 

EAZA Member Area

Zoologischer Garten Augsburg

IUCN Red List Status

IUCN Red List LC


Programme roles

Indirect Conservation icon  Education
This role focuses on providing more general messages about penguins’ conservation. Indeed, penguins are important flagship species for a healthy ocean ecosystem. Keeping the species in EAZA can increase public awareness about the penguins’ conservation status (10 out of 18 species are declining) and the need to conserve penguins in the wild by protecting their natural habitat. Education can be done proactively, focusing on individual behaviour change: how to behave as a tourist in penguin habitats, as a consumer (e.g. buy less plastic), etc. This species can be mixed geographically with other species (Gentoo penguin, King penguin but not species of the same genus, Spheniscus).

This role would be to fundraise for other more threatened penguin species so conservation initiatives such as artificial nests, beach clean-ups, etc., can be financially supported. The TAG has several conservation projects identified.

This research role aims to perform studies on the migration of Magellanic penguins using track devices. These tracking devices can be tested on penguins in human care. 
Non Conservation icon  Exhibit
the Magellanic penguin is an attractive species that visitors like to see and can be mixed with other penguin species. 

Programme numbers

In January 2023, the Magellanic penguin EEP had 110 animals in 8 institutions.

Programme highlights