Gentoo penguin: The 2010 population estimate was 132,321 ± 2,288 breeding pairs, double the number of Gentoo penguin breeeding pairs counted during the last IWC in 2005 (65,860 ± 1,052). The 2010 population estimate is the largest number reported for the Falkland Islands and is now (probably) the largest population in the world. Based on the revised Falkland Islands population estimate, the global population is now about 400,000 breeding pairs.
Rockhopper penguin: The number of Rockhopper penguin breeding pairs increased by 50.6% when compared with the number counted during the last IWC in 2005. The Falkland Islands population of Rockhopper penguins is now estimated to be 319,163 ± 18,503 breeding pairs, the second largest population (after Chile). The Falkland Islands Rockhopper penguin population is best described as stable, but remains at less than 20% of the 1930's population estimate.
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