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Help our rockhoppers

Help our rockhoppers

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Northern rockhopper penguins are one of the coolest-looking animals on the whole planet, but they also have one of the most fascinating stories.

This tough bird has survived fierce volcanic eruptions and catastrophic oil spills, but now desperately needs our help. Most of the world’s rockhoppers live on the remote Tristan da Cunha islands in the Atlantic Ocean, and their numbers are dropping fast.

The truth is that why numbers are dropping is all a bit of a mystery – and we need to solve it before it’s too late.

It could be because their food is disappearing as a result of climate change. Perhaps humans are taking too many fish out of the seas where the penguins fish. It could also be because they have to compete for nesting space with aggressive fur seals.

The first thing we need to do is find out why rockhopper numbers are dropping so rapidly. There are somewhere between 100,000 and 500,000 rockhoppers on the Tristan da Cunha islands.

Studying birds in such remote places is difficult and expensive. We need to buy gadgets like data loggers and satellite tags that we can use to track the penguins.

We need to stop the decline of this endangered and beautiful bird, and we need your help!

Teachers and group leaders

There are lots of activity ideas, fun things to make and do, downloads and ideas for school teachers and group leaders throughout these pages. We’d love to hear how you’ve helped our rockhoppers with your pupils and young people, tweet us @RSPB_Learning to let us know!

Meet the penguins

Find our more about rockhopper penguins and the remote islands where they live. Download our fun activities too! More...

Meet the penguins

What can you do?

Can you help us solve the rockhopper mystery? If you'd like to help, you could think about doing some fundraising. We have lots of ideas to get you started. More...

What can you do?

Totaliser

Have you done a sponsored swim, organised a cake sale or sold any pictures to help rockhopper penguins? If you have been fundraising for our appeal, look at our totaliser to see how much everyone has raised so far. More...

Totaliser