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Learned survival behaviour of a rehabilitated African Penguin

Summary: Learned survival behaviour of a rehabilitated
African Penguin
Jenny Griffin
Avian Demography Unit, UCT, Rondebosch, 7701
During my stint as Assis tant PI to Bruce Dyer
of Marine and Coastal Management, on one
of the recent Earthwatch Expeditions to
research new flipper bands on penguins on
Robben Island, we came across a very weak
oiled penguin desperately in need of rescue.
So Bruce, two Earthwatch volunteers and I
carefully planned our tactics. Our strategy
was to stalk up to it from all sides to avoid its
scampering away from us and evading
But SAFRING Marine L8054 had
other ideas. He stood there ever so calmly,
gazing impatiently at us as if to say "What
took you guys so long?". Bruce gently
captured him without a struggle, crated him


Source: Altwegg, Res - Avian Demography Unit, Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Cape Town


Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology