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From: C_ANGEL6/30/00 8:52 AM 
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Emergency Penguin Rescue Underway in South Africa
U.S. Newswire
29 Jun 14:25
Emergency Penguin Rescue Underway in South Africa
To: National and International Desks, Environment Reporter
Contact: Jane Ballentine of the American Zoo and Aquarium
Association, 301-562-0777, ext. 252;
Web site:

News Advisory:

The following news advisory was released today by the American
Zoo and Aquarium Association:

American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) penguin specialists

Cleaning and feeding of penguin chicks in aftermath of oil spill

Leaving the U.S. on Friday, June 30

Cape Town, South Africa

On Friday, June 23, the oil tanker Treasure, carrying about
1,300 tons of fuel oil, ruptured and sank six miles off the coast
of Cape Town, South Africa. The oil spill is directly affecting
Robben Island, home to more than 20,000 wild African penguins.
"This is devastating," said Steve Sarro, curator of birds for The
Baltimore Zoo and coordinator of the AZA African Penguin Species
Survival Plan (SSP). "This spill is hitting just in the midst of
the breeding season and there are approximately 6,000 penguin
chicks that have been abandoned." About 20 percent of the wild
population of African penguins are nesting on islands affected by
this spill.

According to Tom Schneider, coordinator of the AZA Penguin Taxon
Advisory Group (TAG) and curator of birds for the Detroit
Zoological Institute, "Experts from seven AZA-accredited zoos and
aquariums are going to South Africa on June 30 to assist with
feeding the chicks, cleaning the adults, the relocation of the
birds and any other efforts they can make on behalf of this wild
population." Bird staffers from The Baltimore Zoo, Utah's Hogle
Zoo, Mystic Marinelife Aquarium, New England Aquarium, Riverbanks
Zoo, and SeaWorlds of Orlando and Calfornia will be flying at a
reduced rate courtesy of South Africa Airlines. Mervyn's of
California has generously donated funds to the Penguin TAG to help
with expenses while they are in country.

"We are coordinating another group of zoo and aquarium penguin
experts to travel to South Africa in a few weeks to continue rescue
efforts," Schneider continued.

The American Zoo and Aquarium Association was founded in 1924
and currently represents 185 accredited zoos and aquariums in North
America. AZA's mission is to support membership excellence in
conservation, education, science and recreation.

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From: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon7/1/00 12:24 PM 
To: C_ANGEL unread  (2 of 2) 
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Wow...I have never even heard of an African Penguin before. Leanred something else from you Angel. Thanks.

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