Join Wildlife Conservation Society experts at the Bronx Zoo for an up-close encounter with Magellanic penguins. These noisy seabirds bray like donkeys, and the males' loud calls to attract females can be heard up and down the southern tip of South America-- and throughout the Bronx Zoo’s Sea Bird Colony. Magellanics are the only penguins to breed on the Patagonian mainland, where WCS has been working with local partners since the 1960s to conserve one of the last-remaining, biologically-rich, coastal frontiers. Learn how changes in the environment have affected this charismatic seabird’s population, which serves as an indicator of the marine ecosystem’s health as a whole.
Meet the experts –
David A. Oehler, Curator of Ornithology, Bronx Zoo, WCS
Building on the strong commitment of animal care and conservation that has become synonymous with the WCS, David Oehler is responsible for the long-range management of the Ornithology (birds) department and its overall daily operations at the Bronx Zoo.
Nancy Gonzalez, Senior Wild Animal Keeper, Bronx Zoo, WCS
Nancy Gonzalez cares for the Magellanic penguins and other animals at the Bronx Zoo, including feeding them and encouraging natural behaviors by simulating challenges they would face in the wild.
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