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‘Limit their numbers’: touchy feely tourists cause ‘happy feet’ ...

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‘Limit their numbers’: touchy feely tourists cause ‘happy feet’ stress

People descending on penguin colonies negatively impact chicks and their numbers should be curtailed: experts

Senior reporter

The endangered African penguin could be under further threat by tourists, prompting a call from scientists to limit visits to affected colonies.

A University of Pretoria-led (UP) study has revealed that close interaction of tourists with African penguin chicks could cause them stress.

This could result in immunosuppression, leaving them susceptible to disease, while their reproductivity could be reduced, warn the scientists...

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