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Conservation Report Reveals Seabirds Returning in Record Numbers

Gentoo penguins are returning to the Falklands in record numbers, after their best breeding season in more than ten years, according to a report by Falklands Conservation officer Pierre Pistorius.  King penguins also continue to thrive, making this season’s Seabird Monitoring Programme one of the healthiest undertaken.  The colony of king penguins at Volunteer Point is prospering, with a record number of 594 chicks counted last season.  The population has slowly been increasing since the first count in 1980.  For the third consecutive year the breeding success of Magellanic penguins has been above average and the breeding population in the Falklands has been estimated at about 100,000 breeding pairs.  For more information visit www.falklandsconservation.com.