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Penguins march into new park

NEW YORK (August 9, 2007)The Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society announced today that the government of Argentina will create a new marine park along its isolated and windswept Patagonia coast to safeguard more than half a million penguins and other rare seabirds. Located in Golfo San Jorge, the new protected area covers around 250 square miles (647 square kilometers) of coastal waters and nearby islands strung along almost 100 miles (160 kilometers) of shoreline.

The announcement was made by President Nestor Kirchner of Argentina, the Governor of the Province of ChubutMario Das Nevesand by Argentinas National Park Service. The parks creation represents a joint effort by the Government of Chubut, the National Parks Service of Argentina, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Fundacin Patagonia Natural.

This decision represents a significant commitment by the government to protect one of the most productive and extraordinary marine ecosystems on the planet, said Dr. Guillermo Harris, director of the Wildlife Conservation Societys Argentina Program. The creation of this park comes in the nick of time for many species that are threatened by the regions fisheries and energy industry.

The new park serves as a nesting and feeding ground for some quarter million pairs of Magellanic penguin, estimated to represent 20 percent of the entire species. The park includes more than 40 small islands, which support the only two nesting colonies of southern giant petrels on the entire Patagonian coast, as well as the only colonies of Southern American fur seals. Other denizens of this coastal oasis include the endangered Olrogs gull, the white-headed steamer duck, and almost a quarter of all imperial and rock cormorants of Argentina.

While the coastline is largely undeveloped, its wildlife is under pressure from a number of threats, including Argentinas commercial shrimp industry. Many birds become entangled in fishing nets, and oil pollut
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Contact: Stephen Sautner
ssautner@wcs.org
718-220-3682
Wildlife Conservation Society
9-Aug-2007


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