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A project of Wildlife Survival Fund: Investing in endangered species before it’s too late.



Geographic Location

Punta San Juan, Peru

Focal Species

Humboldt penguin

IUCN Red List Status of Focal Species


About the Project

Punta San Juan is home to over 50% of the breeding population of Humboldt penguins in Peru, as well as some of the largest breeding populations of other endemics. The center’s role is one of overseeing the transition of Punta San Juan from a supervised guano reserve to a marine reserve. To that end, much activity has been focused on supporting the short-term protection of the reserve, development of sustainable guano harvesting methods and the collection of biological data including an annual Peruvian census and health assessment. The center also supports education initiatives directed toward local populations that address the plight of the Humboldt penguin and increase awareness of marine conservation issues.

Project Mission: To conserve the Humboldt penguin and other resident species in Punta San Juan, Peru through the establishment of a dedicated core team of institutions and professionals to monitor and steward this unique reserve. This will be accomplished in part via wildlife management and recovery, conservation science, and education. 



Penguins at Woodland Park Zoo
Woodland Park Zoo’s colony of Humboldt penguins lives in an award-winning exhibit that uses sustainable technologies to clean and recycle water, giving crystal-clear underwater views of these birds that practically “fly” underwater. The exhibit is modeled after the Punta San Juan reserve, recreating the rocky desert coast of these marine birds.


To learn more:

Read the Humboldt penguin fact sheet