Adopt a penguin

The adorable Adélie penguin. Captivating, inquisitive and incredibly vulnerable to threats like climate change.

Adélie penguins depend on sea ice for their main food source - krill. But parts of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean are warming rapidly, which is affecting the penguins' feeding grounds.


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Your adoption really helps

Animal adoptions like yours give a huge boost to our work. They help fund projects to work with local communities to monitor Adélie penguin movements and protect their habitat.

Protect these incredible animals and receive:

Cuddly penguin toy

Cuddly toy

An optional soft toy to love forever.

My Penguins magazine

Regular updates

Both Wild World and My Penguins magazines will keep you up-to-date three times a year.

Fact pack

Fact pack

Packed with facts, bookmarks and stickers.

A wonderful gift at any time of year

A wonderful gift

Give a gift that will help protect the future of Adélie penguins and their habitats

Map of penguins range

Adélie penguins are one of the smallest and most widely found penguins in the Antarctic. They might seem clumsy on land, but they’re brilliant swimmers. They can dive down to 180m – though they tend to catch their food (mainly krill and fish) much closer to the surface.


65%declineover 25 years

Loss of prey

Climate change is reducing the amount of sea ice in parts of the Antarctic. One of the Adélie penguins' main food sources, krill, breeds and feeds under the sea ice.

Penguin silhouette

More snow

Adélie penguins only nest on bare, dry land and increased snowfall during late winter and early spring may cause chicks to hatch later. There's less krill around at this time of year, which can affect the chicks’ chances of survival.

Human silhoette

Overfishing and oil

Overfishing of krill and oil pollution from shipping accidents are also threats to the Adélie penguin and its environment.

40%decline in sea icein 30 years

Gentoo penguins

Adélie penguins may also lose ground to Gentoo penguins, which are better adapted to warming Antarctic environments.

How we can help

We work with governments, industries and individuals to help reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. We encourage them to switch to renewable energy – to help minimise climate change and the warming that threatens Adélie penguins, their food sources and their habitat.

We’re also involved in helping improve the way Antarctica is managed through the Antarctic Treaty and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). They ensure that fisheries are sustainable and aim to eliminate illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.

Your adoption and support will help us:

  • improve the management of Antarctica’s resources and safeguard its wildlife
  • establish a network of marine protected areas covering at least 10% of the 20 million km² Southern Ocean
  • reduce illegal and unsustainable fishing practices
  • raise awareness of the threats of climate change we all face
  • fund our other essential work around the world

When on land, penguins alternate between walking and tobogganing – sliding over the ice on their bellies, propelled by their feet and flippers

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