Magellanic VIP

For more than 30 years, we have made it our mission to study and conserve the Magellanic penguins of Punta Tombo, Argentina. Satellite tracking is vital because it allows use to see individuals foraging patterns. We know the farther a penguin forages from the colony the less likely it is to raise a chick. Long-term studies are critical to our understanding of the natural world and science informs conservation decisions. Only your support makes it possible to study penguins at the right scale and follow individuals for this lifetime. Most grants only fund 3 to 5 years and some of the penguins at Punta Tombo we have followed for over 30 years. It is your support that makes our research possible.

With a donation of $5000, you help in purchasing a satellite or GPS devices which allows us to follow the penguins in the colony and at sea. You and your penguin become VIP’s or “Very Important Penguins and People”. You name the penguin, we follow the penguin’s life and we provide you with a summary of your penguin’s travels and details of its life. Your donation allows us to track the movement and reproductive success of your bird. At the end of each breeding season, we send you an update on your penguin and, a map of it’s journey. We count on donations from people that love penguins and science to learn about these ocean sentinels and how we can help protect them in the wild.

To learn more about a couple of our VIP birds and what they have taught us, click on their profiles below.


What it takes to be a successful mate.


Learning from loss.

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