The grant will fund GPS’ work establishing key protected areas for penguins. Of the 18 different penguin species in the world, 11 are currently classified as Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. MAVA funds will also enable GPS to build a penguin-tracking database with other conservation partners. This grant is a vital step towards ensuring the long-term survival of these beautiful birds and will also benefit many marine ecosystems.
WCN featured Dr. Pablo Borboroglu, President of GPS, as a speaker at the 2012 Wildlife Conservation Expo. Dr. Borboroglu – affectionately known as “Popi” – inspired Expo attendees with stories about his work with penguins all over the world. Since that time, Popi has been instrumental in the creation of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Penguin Specialist group, which works collaboratively across sectors to protect penguins around the world.
Global Penguin Society is the world’s leader in the conservation of penguins. GPS uses science-based action to produce valuable information about penguins that informs international conservation strategies and local education efforts.
MAVA Foundation is a Swiss family foundation that is dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity. For the last two decades, MAVA has helped increase the capacity of conservation efforts around the world. This funding will be transformational to the work and success of Global Penguin Society.
Our deepest gratitude to the MAVA Foundation on behalf of penguins everywhere!
Photo via Global Penguin Society, courtesy of C. Sutter