How many Emperor Penguins are there in Antarctica?
In the past, answering that mysterious ecological question required some guesswork since the animals live in such a harsh environment. Previous estimates put the population at 350 thousand. But last week, researchers announced that there are almost twice as many Emperor Penguins in Antarctica than previously thought – nearly 600 thousand.
How do we know?
Michelle LaRue is a Phd student in conservation biology at the University of Minnesota and the co-author of the new study.
She talked with KFAI’s Terry Carter on The Takeaway. [Audio below]