What Are the Predators of Penguins?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 27, 2020 8:10:57 AM ET
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Land predators of the various penguin species include lizards, skuas, snakes, other birds and ferrets. Water predators consist largely of killer whales, leopard seals and sharks. While penguins are now protected, humans have been known to hunt them illegally for their oil and eggs.