The Trials and Tribulations of AdÃ©lie Penguins in a Rapidly Warming Antarctic (Slideshow)
Photo credit: Fen Montaigne
The iconic Adélie penguin is one of only two species to live and breed exclusively in Antarctica. Known for its "tuxedo" patterned coloration and their annual migrations of thousands of miles across the Antarctic, the penguins number in the millions—but this large population is surprisingly fragile.
For thirty years, ecologist, author, and penguin biologist Bill Fraser has worked on the Antarctic Peninsula, studying one species: Adélie penguins. In that time, Fraser has seen the peninsula—and the planet—warm, glaciers retreat, and the native habitat of the Adélie slowly drift away.