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Scuffles over territory are common, and there is a definite social hierarchy within the colony.

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Penguin experts believe that commercial fisheries are largely to blame for the decline - fisheries continue to draw down stocks of the fish that African penguins consume, leaving them with an increasingly empty pantry.

Climate change and shifting ocean currents are also causing the penguins' preferred prey species to move, making it harder for the penguins to find them.

A third scalloped hammerhead shark has been added to our Open Sea exhibit.

These beautiful sharks are between one and two years old.

The waters off South Africa contain major shipping lanes, and oil spills are frequent and deadly for African penguins.

SANCCOB, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, is the biggest rehabilitation center in the region, and responsible for successfully rehabbing tens of thousands of penguins affected by spills. The SSP's goal is to ensure the long-term survival of a viable population of African penguins.Males are banded on the right, females on the left.Couples, which typically have the same colored wing bands, can often be seen grooming one another near the nest box they share. Whatever the reason, penguins have a knack for capturing our hearts. Or perhaps it's the fact that they are highly social and form long-term bonds.Additional research is needed on the impacts of fishing and predation, reintroduction and translocation techniques, and shifts in penguins' food sources.

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