15 Apr 2010

Rockhopper penguin boost

By Nick Askew

Argentina has created a new marine protected area to protect Vulnerable Southern Rockhopper Penguin. The announcement was made by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) who said Parque Marino Isla Pingüino - which translates to "Penguin Island Marine Park" - will safeguard one of the country's most unique seascapes for both people and wildlife: including the only colony of Southern Rockhopper Penguin on Argentina’s 3,000-mile coastline.

The new park will protect more than 1,700 square kilometres of coastal waters and represents a joint effort by the Government of Santa Cruz and Argentina's National Parks Service and is the result of years of study and conservation work by WCS. To read more, please click here.