Spotlight Brazil: Death of a penguin leads to valuable scientific find

Banded Magellanic penguin undergoing rehabilitationIn October 2012 IFAW supported Instituto de Pesquisa e Reabilitação de Animais Marinhos (IPRAM) to release over a hundred Magellanic penguins in southeastern Brazil.

Thirty-four days later one of the birds released was found in La Coronilla, Uruguay and it made national news. Unfortunately, the penguin was found dead but this report is a very important one. This was the first time that penguins were released so far north and we did not know if they would head back south.

This bird is an indicative that they can indeed travel back. Through banding it has been shown that rehabilitated Magellanic penguins can travel long distances back to their breeding colonies. It demonstrates that rehabilitation can contribute to the mitigation of the adverse effects of oil spills. 

 

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