A view of the Punta San Juan peninsula

Day 1

Hola!!! Welcome to Peru!! Over the next couple weeks we will be continuing a project at the Punta San Juan Reserve in Peru investigating the health of the Humboldt penguin population at this very important location. We have set up this journal to give you an inside look at what the project entails and what it’s like to spend some time ‘in the field’ with the penguins.

This will be the sixth trip to Punta San Juan (or PSJ as we call it) since 2007. What started out as a single project that year, has now become an on-going field program that continues to grow and expand every year. I now oversee multiple research projects involving several threatened and endangered species at this location. As this week progresses and we get into the field with the penguins, I’ll give you a more detailed understanding of the work we are doing.

With the support of the Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo and the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute, this will be our fourth consecutive year collecting data on the health of the penguins. I’m very excited to “have you along” on the trip with us!!


Michael Adkesson, DVM, DACZM
Veterinarian - Chicago Zoological Society

June 7, 2010

Dr. Michael Adkesson with a pair of Humboldt penguin chicks.

CZS veterinarian Dr. Michael Adkesson and veterinary resident Dr. Gwen Jankowski examine a Humboldt penguin at Punta San Juan, Peru.

Humboldt penguins at Punta San Juan Reserve.

Day 1-June 7, 2010
Day 2-June 8, 2010
Day 3-June 9, 2010
Day 4-June 10 , 2010
Day 5-June 11 , 2010
Day 6-June 12, 2010
Day 7-June 13, 2010
Day 8-June 14, 2010