The Islas Ballestas are a group of uninhabited small rocky islands in the Pacific Ocean near the town of Paracas. These islands are an important sanctuary for marine fauna, like the endangered Humboldt penguins (spheniscus humboldti).
The Penguin Camera is located on Torgersen Island (64°46’S, 64°04’W), off the coast of Anvers Island and less than a mile from Palmer Station. Torgersen Island is home to a colony of Adélie penguins numbering approximately 2,500. This camera is seasonal and operates primarily from October to February, the Adélie breeding season. The camera is solar-powered and may sometimes experience brief outages due to inclement weather. School classrooms and other educational demonstrations will often take control of the camera, moving it to gain better views of the colony.