• Categories
  • Archives

US Group Comes to the Rescue of Penguins Stranded Off Brazil’s Coast

Penguins stranded in Brazil Over 1000 young penguins have washed-up either dead or dying along the Brazilian coast and as far north as Natal in Rio Grande do Norte, 3000 km ((1864 miles) north of São Paulo. Even though the occurrence is not that unusual, the number of dead birds is.

US-based IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) deployed a team of penguin rehabilitation experts to assist Brazilian animal centers that are handling penguins for the first time.

"This event appears to be a natural occurrence and has been seen 2 or 3 times in the last 20 years, resulting in the death of thousands of birds. What really took us by surprise this time is the huge increase in numbers," said Valeria Ruoppolo of IFAW.

The Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus), the kind that is showing up off the Brazilian coast, breed in large colonies in southern Argentina and Chile and migrate north as far as Southwest Brazil between March and September.

According to experts, there is a flow of warmer water (1C higher than normal), which has caused the juvenile penguins to keep going north, past their usual range, where they are unable to find adequate food.  Almost all of the penguins being found on beaches in northeastern Brazil have been juveniles and since they are starving, they come into care in an extremely debilitated state.

IFAW's team of experts are working with Instituto Mamí­feros Aquáticos in Salvador, Bahia and Instituto ORCA in Vitória, in the state of Espí­rito Santo, to help save as many penguins as possible. The Brazilian Institute for Environment and Renewable Resources (IBAMA) welcomed IFAW's expertise for the rehabilitation of these stranded penguins.

Penguins in rehabilitation are individually checked for their treatment evolution, fed fish supplemented with vitamins, and spend time swimming to recover the strength and approve health requirements needed to be released back to their ocean home.

IFAW's staff is working closely with the authorities at IBAMA to advise on bird release criteria and suitable locations to release these birds, ensuring they have fish available to survive.

IFAW's experience in rehabilitation has saved the lives of tens of thousands of penguins. In 2000, IFAW helped save an entire species -rehabilitating and releasing 19,000 African Penguins caught in the Treasure oil spill off South Africa.

Founded in 1969, IFAW works around the globe to protect animals and habitats, promoting practical solutions for animals and people.

Service

IFAW – International Fund for Animal Welfare
Website:
www.ifaw.org

Tags:

  • Show Comments (8)

  • Maureen

    Poor little penguins
    I live in Itaparica an island near Salvador. To see these young chicks coming ashore in the tropics dying and completely debilitated is heart breaking and shocking. This is indeed a sign of the times, man is turning the natural balance of our planet and it’s creatures upside down! 🙁

  • João da Silva

    Jon
    [quote]Thanks Joao[/quote]

    Why thank me? I did not make any contribution to this mind stimulating article. You have been consuming vast quantity of alcoholic beverages to quench your thirst? 😉

  • jon

    Thanks Joao

  • jon

    Is that you Costa?

  • Double-Dot

    [quote]Could be serious, I have heard reports that CDN polar bears are on their way [/quote]

    Did anyone ask your opinion?

  • Ric

    Jim Dandy.

  • jon

    Could be serious, I have heard reports that CDN polar bears are on their way 😉 😉

  • JR

    What? No snarky comments about the US trying to steal Brazil’s penguins? Dopes! LMAO!!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Escola de Samba’s Chief Found Shot in Brazil. No Leads, No Motives

The president of Estácio de Sá’s Escola de Samba (Carnaval Group), Flávio José Eleotério, ...

Brazil Declares 7 Days of Mourning for Pope

The Brazilian people, “the largest Catholic country in the world”, is profoundly saddened by ...

Brazil’s Timid Interest Rate Cut Doesn’t Please Industry or Workers

Brazil Central Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (Copom) surprised the market at the end of ...

In Washington for Summit Lula Once Again Comes in Defense of Iran

Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, along with 43 other world leaders and ...

Brazil and China Sign Energy Cooperation Pact

A memorandum of understanding to develop bilateral cooperation in the areas of petroleum, natural ...

Upcoming World Cup and Olympics Bring German Entrepreneurs to Brazil

Brazil was able to recover quicker than any other country from the effects of ...

Brazil’s Petrobras Exports Environmentally Responsible Culture

Petrobras University, a teaching institution established by the Brazilian oil company to train its ...

Brazil Gets the World’s 40th Place for Eco-Friendliness

Despite being the custodian of the world's largest forest, the Amazon, Brazil gets low ...

Foreigners React to Brazil’s Tax: Market Falls 3%, Dollar Rises 2%

The Brazilian financial market reacted swiftly and negatively to the news that the Brazil ...

Aldeota, the Brazilian City Everyone Lives In or Says He Does

The Fortaleza neighborhood  known as Aldeota in the city of Fortaleza can be a ...