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Our work to save penguins has featured in TV documentaries around the world. You can view TV documentaries featuring our work on YouTube in (ENGLISH), (GERMAN), and (SPANISH). We also featured in BBC TV's highly acclaimed series (EXPLORE).

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Falklands guilty of Human Rights Abuse.
   

NOTE: Our work, and the events portrayed on this page, feature in BBC TV's new series EXPLORE: Patagonia to the Pampas.

View documentaries about our work on YouTube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOeqFlnn0JU)

"Morally and Constitutionally Indefensible" is how the Supreme Court described the Falkland Islands Government's attempts to silence reports that Falklands penguins are starving to death through over-fishing. The Governor, Chief Executive, Attorney General and members of Executive Council were declared to have acted illegally and immorally in their attempts to silence a marine biologist calling for penguin protection.

Attempts to silence Mike Bingham's research into penguin declines included false arrests, fabrication of evidence by the police, death threats, and an order by the Governor to deport Bingham on the grounds that he had criticised the government for not protecting penguins. The Supreme Court over-turned Governor Pierce's ruling, declaring it a gross breach of human rights for improper motives, and ordered the Falkland Islands Government to pay all Bingham's costs.

Read more about the Falkland Islands Government's attempts to silence our work.

This sordid tale of government corruption and greed, one man's fight to save Falklands penguins, and his historic victory over the Falklands government in the Supreme Court, is now published in paperback: The Falklands Regime by Mike Bingham (ISBN: 1420813757) is available over the Internet using the link below, or through major book shops worldwide.

The Falklands Regime by Mike Bingham - now available online here or from bookshops world-wide, ISBN: 1420813757

THE FALKLANDS REGIME by Mike Bingham
ISBN: 1420813757

 

 
in the media
 
Paramount Pictures (1999) and Mare TV (2006) have both filmed documentaries about Mike Bingham's work to save penguins. Read about it here. our work on television
   
We have also been the subject of a number of newspaper reports.
You can read them here.
in the newspapers
   

 
penguin conservation and research in chile
 
The Organization for the Conservation of Penguins, in partnership with the Chilean, British and Argentine governments, has expanded its penguin monitoring programme to cover southern Chile and Argentina. photo of penguins in chile


This programme monitors the effects of tourism, and compares penguin populations in Chile and Argentina, where penguins are protected from commercial fishing, with those in the Falklands where they are not. Read about it here.

 

 
penguins.cl
 
Visit the International Penguin Conservation Work Group website at www.penguins.cl for in depth information on penguins of the world, including an interactive map of world distribution, linking to data on every penguin species.
 
seabirds.org
 
Visit www.seabirds.org for Falklands seabird research, population reports, species guides and much more.
fakland penguins starve to death
   
The Falklands environment is in crisis. At least 100,000 penguins died from starvation during May 2002 in the Falkland Islands. Penguin colonies throughout the Falklands were littered with dead penguins,

some fresh, some partially decayed with bones protruding. All had died within a period of a few weeks during their annual moult. Their condition and weight show that they all died as a result of starvation..

Read our full Report

New Scientist Report

HOW FALKLANDS PENGUINS COMPARE WITH ARGENTINA & CHILE (2009):

Fishing within 30km of Penguins:
CHILE no
ARGENTINA no
FALKLANDS yes

Population:
CHILE increasing
ARGENTINA increasing
FALKLANDS 90% decline over 20 yrs

Breeding Success (chicks per pair):
CHILE 1.1
ARGENTINA 1.0
FALKLANDS 0.5

Foraging Duration (time required to catch food for chicks):
CHILE 18 hours
ARGENTINA 18 hours
FALKLANDS 34 hours

Fledging Weights:
CHILE 3.3 kgs
ARGENTINA 3.0 kgs
FALKLANDS 2.6 kgs

Fledging Survival:
CHILE high
ARGENTINA high
FALKLANDS very low

Full Reports:
1. BINGHAM (2002) The decline of Falkland Islands penguins in the presence of a commercial fishing industry - Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 75: 805-818.
2. BINGHAM & HERRMANN (2008) Magellanic Penguin Monitoring Results for Magdalena Island 2000-08. Anales Instituto Patagonia (Chile) 36(2): 19-32.

 

 
research publications
 

For people wishing to know more about our penguin research, here are some of our scientific publications.


 
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picture galleries and breeding information
 
Visit our picture galleries for pictures, maps and population graphs of Falklands penguins, birds, seals and sea lions. Click the pictures below to explore.
 
falkland islands penguin guide - click here to enterclick here for falkland islands bird guidesclick here for falkland islands seals an sealion guides
 

 
flora and fauna
 

Read about the Falkland Island's Birds, Seals, Sealions, Whales and Dolphins.

Learn about their habitat.

fur seal photo


Investigate the plant species of the Falkland Islands.

And lots of General Falkland Island Environmental Information.

Adopt a penguin
 
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Adopt and name your penguin, and we will send you reports and photos of your penguin's progress. We will even send you a map to show you exactly where your penguin lives, in case you ever want to visit. (Visitors are welcome).

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buy our book

click here to read more about our book penguins of the falkland islands and south america by doctor mike bingham

The Falklands Regime by Mike Bingham - now available online here or from bookshops world-wide, ISBN: 1420813757

The Falklands Regime by Mike Bingham

 

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