going behind the scenes to film groundbreaking beak surgery
that will give an African penguin a second chance at life in the wild.
After being hit by a car and left with a fractured, disfigured beak, the
bird will get a prosthetic replacement – but there’s a catch. It needs
to make a 900-mile journey to a specialist centre first.
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.