Ecuador’s Galapagos National Park says populations of the archipelago’s penguins and flightless cormorants have seen a record increase since 2019, reaching the highest levels since 2006.
Galapagos penguins are the only ones that live on the equator. They have grown in numbers from 1,451 in 2019 to 1,940 this year. The flightless cormorant population has increased from 1,914 to 2,220 during the same period.
The park says La Niña conditions have helped provide more food for both species, allowing their populations to increase.