During #AdventureWeekTDF we were pretty lucky to see penguins not just once, but twice: first the Gentoos on our first day in Argentina, and then the Kings by the end of the trip in Chile. ⠀ On our way to Porvenir to board our charter back to Punta Arenas, we stopped along the way in @parquepinguinorey to learn a little bit more about these fellas. ⠀ The park began after 2010 when a group of close to 100 of these guys arrived to the place. People were very curious and pretty much harassed them, so a local family who owns the property took the initiative to protect the 8 penguins that did stay and educate visitors to further the conservation project.
To avoid being intrusive, we watch them from afar behind a wooden wall built to limit the area according to the best conservation practices and using binoculars, but that’s more than enough to feel the connection with them. You can hear their cries, and they have a very particular one. At first I thought there was a drone in the area, but then I realized it was them. As they got close to the young ones that look up and make that funny sound.
Praises to the family, team of scientists, and volunteers who take on the task of caring for this beautiful birds!
Photo taken at: Parque Pingüino Rey