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Antarctica has been one of the most rapidly warming parts of the planet over the past five decades, having devastating effects on the ice and consequently impacting wildlife. Krill numbers have declined by about 80% since 1970, mainly due to the rapid melting of ice. Whales, seals and penguins all feed on krill and are all threatened by these alarming statistics. Keen to help fight against these issues, AKP invest a lot into projects in Antarctica with the goal of research and preservation.
Current projects in Antarctica
Allied Whale has been carrying out whale research since 1972 and currently holds significant amounts of information on photo-identified humpback and finback whales - this is the largest collection of this area of research in the world. Studying the behaviours, habitat and populations of these magnificent creatures is much more beneficial using photo identification research techniques than any other way.
Antarctic Climate Change Project
Since 2006, AKP has been supporting the work of climate change scientist Dr. James McClintock. His work focuses on the effects of the unprecedented warming on the wildlife of the Western Antarctic Peninsula, and every year he joins a special AKP Antarctic cruise to share his research with guests. Last year AKP purchased six penguin tags to aid Dr. McClintock’s team in a project studying the movements and population shifts or trends for several rookeries of Gentoo and Adelie penguins. The resulting data has been hugely beneficial for their research. On the next AKP Climate Change Voyage in January 2017, Dr. McClintock will be presented with two additional penguin tags.
South Georgia Heritage Trust
South Georgia Heritage Trust is working to preserve the natural and historical heritage of the island, which is the nesting ground for as many as 81 recorded species of birds. Our support is directed to the Habitat Restoration Project to eradicate the introduced Norway brown rat population that has devastated the bird population. The aim is to save native birds from extinction and increasing by millions the endangered seabirds on the island.