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July 28, 2011

African penguin Research: Chick Bolstering Project


The Chick Bolstering Project http://penguins.adu.org.za/pdf/00011_PTT_chick_FINAL_article_06-07-2011_4.pdf is supported by many partners including the California Academy of Sciences (Steinhart Aquarium). The purpose is to support research of the endangered African penguin in the wild to learn more about the biology of this species and utilize the knowledge to assist the growth of the population. The blog post from 8 July mentioned the juvenile “Lucy” and the satellite transmitter (Platform Transmitter Terminals or PTT) that is tracking her movements. She was traveling very far north in African penguin distribution but her transmitter has ceased transmitting for almost a week. There are several possibilities for this and the Animal Demography Unit, University of Cape Town Penguin-Watch Team will continue to follow up on their website (link at the end of blog). However, two other penguins have been affixed with the PTT and are currently being tracked. All three will continue to be monitored for as long as six months depending on viability. There is website that you can track “Lucy” (red line), “Richie” (green line) and “Nicky” (yellow line) that updates their movements on maps that are easy to watch. Notably, “Nicky” is headed south.  http://penguins.adu.org.za/ -Pamela Schaller

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