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2008-07-17 12:00:39

To: OUTDOORS EDITORS Contact: Michael Booth of IFAW - US, +52-55-5662-0559, mbooth@ifaw.org; or Joaquin de la Torre of IFAW - Latin America, +52 (55) 5662-0559 ext. 114, jtorreponce@ifaw.org MEXICO CITY,July17/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following a thorough rehabilitation process conducted by wildlife specialists, 40 penguins returned to their ocean home today off the coast of Maldonado, Uruguay. IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) and local group SOCOBIOMA...

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2008-07-02 18:35:00

A new study shows that penguin populations are dwindling at a key breeding colony in Argentina, mirroring declines in many other species of the flightless birds, due to climate change and pollution. P. Dee Boersma, a biologist at the University of Washington, detailed specific problems around the world with remote penguin populations, linking their decline to the overall health of southern oceans. "Now we're seeing effects (of human caused warming and pollution) in the most faraway...

2008-07-02 12:00:43

British scientists say they've developed technology that will revolutionize the quality of species population data available to ecologists. The University of Bristol researchers said the non-intrusive, intelligent visual surveillance technology can enable biologists to remotely identify and monitor large numbers of endangered animals, from butterflies to whales. The new system using computer vision and human biometrics techniques is now employed on Robben Island in South Africa, capturing...

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2008-07-01 16:30:02

Like the proverbial canary in the coal mine, penguins are sounding the alarm for potentially catastrophic changes in the world's oceans, and the culprit isn't only climate change, says a University of Washington conservation biologist. Oil pollution, depletion of fisheries and rampant coastline development that threatens breeding habitat for many penguin species, along with Earth's warming climate, are leading to rapid population declines among penguins, said Dee Boersma, a University of...

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2008-06-28 15:35:00

Researchers have developed surveillance technology that can identify thousands of near identical African Penguins and then monitor them over long periods of time. The system will boost our understanding of the animals and it could even help ecologists solve the mystery of how long penguins live, the team said. It could also be used to track other species, from cheetahs to sharks. The Royal Society's Summer Exhibition is currently displaying the groundbreaking technology. "Until now, if you...

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2008-04-24 18:58:20

What's black and white and warm all over? A penguin in a wetsuit, naturally. Sounds like a joke, but it's quite serious for biologists at the California Academy of Sciences, who had a wetsuit created for an African penguin to help him get back in the swim of things. Pierre, a venerable 25 years old, was going bald, which left him with an embarrassingly exposed, pale pink behind. Unlike marine mammals, which have a layer of blubber to keep them warm, penguins rely on their waterproof feathers....

2007-04-12 17:48:40

CHICAGO -- They're the rock stars of the bird world these days, the Rolling Stones of the feathered set. But the penguins at the Shedd Aquarium are showing it's not all film premieres - think "Happy Feet" and "March of the Penguins" - and sushi. It's rocks. Real rocks a bird can build a nest out of. On Wednesday, the keepers at the Shedd started rolling out the rocks for the Gentoo and Rockhopper penguins who call the aquarium home. For these types of penguin, nothing says romance like a pile...

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2007-04-11 03:00:00

By Simon Usborne He's used to marching across the frozen expanse of Antarctica, his sleek silhouette and monochrome plumage marking him out from the harsh, windswept landscape. Plunging hundreds of metres into the dark, icy depths of the Southern Ocean and spending weeks on end expertly hunting fish is just a way of life for him. But waddling along on an adapted treadmill inside a rickety Perspex box, Roy the king penguin looks far from majestic. Though he might not have appreciated it at...

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2007-01-31 14:23:05

Bethesda, MD -- March of the Penguins, the Oscar® winning documentary, showed how the emperor penguins endure their incubation and fast for four dark and bitterly cold months each year. The tight huddling among these South Pole penguins is a key energy-saving mechanism that allows them to endure their extremely harsh conditions. A team of scientists that had already shown that emperor penguins who are free ranging in their colony spend about 50 percent of their time in...

2005-11-10 08:20:57

By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - If there is one person who has a lot to brag about this Oscar season, it is a Frenchman who is more at home in Antarctica than Hollywood. But don't tell him that. Luc Jacquet, director of hit nature documentary "March of the Penguins," is considered a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination, but for now he is just trying to make sense of the dizzying Hollywood awards season -- glitz, glamour and celebrity galas. "It's really hard to understand....


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2012-04-02 17:14:35

The Antarctic Silverfish, (Pleuragramma antarcticum), is a member of the Notothenioidei family of fish. It is widely distributed around the Antarctic, but has largely disappeared from the western side of the northern Antarctic Peninsula based on 2010 research funded by the National Science Foundation. It is also found throughout the Southern Ocean. It grows to an average size of 6 inches, but has been known to reach lengths of up to 10 inches. It is usually pink with a silver tint, and...

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2009-02-21 20:36:35

The Snowy Sheathbill (Chionis alba) also known as the Pale-faced Sheathbill, is a species of bird that is mostly terrestrial (ground dwelling). It is Antarctica's only permanently land-based bird species. It occurs in Antarctica, the Scotia Arc, the South Orkneys and South Georgia. The extreme southern populations migrate northward in the winter. The adult is about 15 to 16 inches long with a wingspan of 30 to 31.5 inches. It is pure white except for its bill and pink warty face. Its...

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2006-02-20 12:22:37

The Galápagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) is a penguin common to the Galápagos Islands. It is the only penguin to live on the equator. Its nearest relatives are the African Penguin, the Magellanic Penguin and the Humboldt Penguin. The Galápagos Penguin occurs primarily on Fernandina Island and the west coast of Isabela Island, but small populations are scattered on other islands in the Galápagos archipelago. Galápagos Penguins grow to an average of 53 cm tall. They have...

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2006-02-20 12:10:17

The Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) is a South American species which breeds in coastal Peru and Chile. Its nearest relatives are the African Penguin, the Magellanic Penguin and the Galápagos Penguin. Thise penguin is named after Alexander von Humboldt, a naturalist and explorer who first described the animal. Humboldt Penguins are medium-sized, black and white penguins, growing to 53 cm tall. They have a black head with a white border running from behind the eye, around the...

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2006-02-20 11:55:42

The Magellanic penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) is a South American penguin which breeds in coastal Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands, with some migrating to Brazil. It is the most numerous of the Spheniscus penguins. Its nearest relatives are the African Penguin, the Humboldt Penguin and the Galápagos Penguin. This medium-sized, black and white penguin grows to an average of 76 cm tall. They have a black head with a broad white border running from behind the eye, around the...

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