Across the southern hemisphere many of the seventeen species of penguins are “threatened” or “vulnerable.” These scientific terms suggest a future at risk.

Despite numerous evolutionary traits that permit these beautiful animals to thrive in some of the world’s most challenging marine environments, climate change tends to affect indicator species like the penguin whose existence ebbs and flows so intimately with nature’s responsive rhythms. As a species so inherently adapted to the environment in which they live, penguins visibly suffer and show the first warning signs of a compromised natural system.

Where their breeding strongholds persist—from rocky outcrops and icebergs to sand dunes and beaches—we need to protect their home increasing the likelihood of survival.

Purpose and Outcomes

• Conservation photography from this expedition continues to be used by ocean advocacy organizations


When Neil's optic nerve signals his trigger finger to capture an image it begins a generous chain
reaction of events that lead to gorgeous magazine and online articles, banners wrapped around
buildings, students finding purpose, better friendships, more sea turtles in the ocean, and bigger
love for our blue marble home.

Wallace J. Nichols, New York Times Bestselling Author