This website and map tool were built with the generous support of the Walton Family Foundation Environment Program, and with support for the 2021 update by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The technical part of building the website was carried out by staff of the Center for Environmental Informatics (CEI) of Pennsylvania State University, especially Dr. Douglas Miller, Brian Bills, Michael Stryker, and Steve Crawford.

Caroline Pott delved into innumerable (well over 2,000) literature sources to build the database and create the range maps for the map tool, developed the storymap, and wrote much of the text on the website. Subsequent updates to the literature sources, website, taxonomic changes, and maps were researched and added by Allison Anholt. 

Throughout the development of the website and map tool, many others also provided input at all stages, from helping to develop the specifications to pointing us to additional information sources to helping out with reviewing and beta-testing. We appreciate all of their input.

The UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Center is acknowledged for permitting the valuable incorporation of the World Database on Protected Areas data into the available map layers. The full citation:

  • IUCN and UNEP-WCMC. 2015. The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) [On-line], July 2015. Cambridge, UK: UNEP-WCMC. Available at:

Many of the photos are graciously provided by photographers who have donated their work to Marine Photobank and American Bird Conservancy. 

Shayna Muller and Aditi Desai were essential to the production of the tutorial and introductory videos.  

You can read about the development of the website and map tool.

African Penguin Spheniscus demersus near burrow, Western Cape Province, South Africa.  Photo by Roy Katayama.