The construction of a rural road has led to a slaughter of Magellanic penguins in the Argentine province of Chubut. The owner of a field has opened a trace with excavators in a field bordering the natural sanctuary of Punta Tombo, destroying the nests in which there were around 300 chicks and eggs.
These figures do not include adult penguins affected by the electrified wire raised at the same time to the coast, which prevents them from passing and affects their natural cycle.
“A clear destruction of habitat is seen, which is something so important for this species, which is very faithful to its nest And that is where you meet your partner year after year. They live 35 years. and sometimes we have followed couples for 17 years together, but if there is no nest, there is no meeting place and it is the place where they raise their young, “laments biologist Pablo García Borboroglu, president of the Global Penguin Society.
In each nest, pairs have two eggs or chicks. At least 146 have been destroyed. Experts from the Argentine Ministry of the Environment describe as “irreparable” the damage caused by the 700-meter-long by three-meter wide road, which has also swept away the native vegetation.
This Punta Tombo reserve is home to one of the largest colonies on the planet of Magellanic penguins, a protected species. The penguin colony is also one of the main tourist attractions in Chubut and is visited each season by 85,000 tourists.