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The Great Penguin Rescue: 40,000 Penguins, a Devastating Oil Spill, and the Inspiring Story of the World's Largest Animal Rescue Hardcover – October 26, 2010

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On June 23, 2000, a ship foundered off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa. The area in which it sank, located between two of the main breeding colonies of the African penguin, threatened approximately 75,000 penguins, more than 40 percent of the world’s population. Within hours after the ship sank, heavily oiled penguins began to stream ashore onto nearby islands and beaches. As parents were unable to return to them, chicks left in the breeding colonies would slowly starve to death. The rapidly overwhelmed penguin rehabilitation center in Cape Town put out an international call for help to the zoo and aquarium network, and deNapoli, a penguin keeper at the New England Aquarium, was among the first group to arrive. Her firsthand account of the rescue of the oiled penguins (all of whom fought against their rescuers), repeated washing of each bird, force-feeding, and guano cleanup plunges the reader into the maelstrom of animal rescue and rehabilitation on such a large scale. --Nancy Bent


"[DeNapoli's] firsthand account of the rescue...plunges the reader into the maelstrom of animal rescue and rehabilitation on such a large scale." ---Booklist --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1St Edition edition (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439148171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439148174
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,093,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dyan deNapoli's first penguin encounter occurred at the New England Aquarium when she was eight years old. Twenty-six years later she returned as an intern in the penguin department, and was soon hired as staff. In 2000, after 40,000 African penguins were threatened by an oil spill, she flew to South Africa to help supervise the rehabilitation efforts. More than 12,500 volunteers labored for three grueling months, ultimately saving 95% of the penguins in what still stands as the largest and most successful animal rescue ever undertaken. Published by Simon & Schuster in 2010, THE GREAT PENGUIN RESCUE was a Silver Award Winner in the 2010 Nautilus Book Awards, was named a "Must-Read" Book in the 2010 Massachusetts Book Awards, and was listed as "One of the best sci-tech book so 2010" by Library Journal. Part of the proceeds from THE GREAT PENGUIN RESCUE will be donated to penguin rescue and conservation groups.

Dyan's talk about this rescue was featured on in the summer of 2011. Since 1995, Dyan has taught more than 250,000 people about penguins. As The Penguin Lady, she shares her passion for these engaging seabirds with audiences worldwide. Dyan has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, including CNN's Situation Room, BBC Radio 5 Live, CBC Radio Canada, Sierra Club Radio, and ABC Radio Australia. In 2008, she authored the new penguin chapter for Scholastic Publishing's New Book of Knowledge encyclopedia. She has been the penguin expert and guest lecturer on nature cruises to Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands; she has also traveled to Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa to work with, teach about, and observe penguins in the wild. To learn more, visit

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2011
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When my copy of The Great Penguin Rescue arrived in the mail I sat down with it at dinner expecting to read a chapter or two while I ate, then go back to work. I ended up reading the entire book straight through. I just couldn't put it down. From the very beginning the book had me hooked, and I wanted to know every detail about this amazing set of circumstances and the people involved.

Penguins are in trouble around the globe, and the catastrophic oil spill in 2000 right in the middle of a pair of breeding colonies caused world-wide alarm. Within days the call went out to penguin experts everywhere to come in and help. Dyan deNapoli was one of those who answered the call. She was plunged into a situation unlike any that had been seen before. Giant warehouses of scared, oil-coated penguins had to be evaluated, hand fed, and cleaned. The volunteers had to handle razor-sharp beaks, exhausting hours, and sickening stench. They fought through it all, knowing the species' survival could be at stake.

Dyan does an amazing job of helping the reader be there in the moment with her. My eyes welled with tears at many points as I read about the things the people and penguins went through. The rescuers didn't know if this effort would work or not. They could only do their best and pray things worked out.

The book makes you realize that each one of us can make a difference if we follow our dreams and focus on our goals. The people rescuing the penguins were often housewives and office workers, donating their time and efforts to clean the penguin tanks, cut up the fish, and do the many other tasks necessary to keep the rescue center going. Every one of those people helped to make the rescue a success. Each of us has that power, to use our time to make the world a better place.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeannie Mancini VINE VOICE on July 9, 2012
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For environmentalists and animal lovers alike, this is an incredible story of how one team of penguin specialists pulled from around the world joined forces with 12,500 volunteers to rescue an astronomical number of endangered penguins. These precious birds located off the South African coast had their lives seriously threatened from a massive oil spill, when cargo ship The Treasure sunk in June of 2000. Readers will be in awe at the large-scale operation and just what it took to save these beautiful animated birds. With blood, sweat and tears, people worldwide poured in to assist in the rescue, toiling hour after hour for months, to clean, feed, and heal these injured penguins. Often heartbreaking, but mostly uplifting and inspiring, this is truly a winning true story!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Z Kohak on February 5, 2013
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An incredible, beautiful and informative story. You will learn about the plight of penguins, the incredible devotion and skill of the wildlife-caring community (Who knew what a seminal role the New England Aquarium has in worldwide work with ocean-dwellers?) and this one event in particular. (Also, the pictures are fabulous and make the experience more real to the reader.) Reading this compelled me to do something for penguins, so I now give monthly to World Wildlife Fund. A great book to give young people to nurture their involvement/caring about other species. Also a great read (It really is a page-turner!) for adults - the plane, the beach, read to each other before sleep .... Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel Valjan on September 16, 2014
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I had the pleasure of meeting the author, Dyan deNapoli, at the 2014 New England Author Expo. I mention this because her passion for penguins is sincere. She is called The Penguin Lady for a reason.

I read my signed book in one sitting a day after meeting her. I will say this: the journey she conveys is in the tradition of the best scientific writing (E.O. Wilson) and brings her personal interest in the plight of the South African penguins to the interested reading public. What other reviewers fail to mention is that the Treasure Hunt oil spill in 2000 was but the second catastrophic oil spill in the region. Some of the penguins were veterans of two oil disasters. Dyan, a penguin expert at the New England Aquarium, was called in to join marine wildlife experts from around the world. She had no idea of the magnitude of the horror that she would encounter at the scene. The reader learns that penguins are usually very vocal birds (and territorial, with razor-sharp beaks), but when she entered the warehouse where they were kept, there was an ominous silence. Step-by-step she retells what the team did, what the thousands of heroic volunteers had to do for these birds.

There is heartbreak: some birds died not from the spill, but from the transportation in crates in truck overland. Volunteers hand-washed the birds. It took an hour or more per bird, so multiply that times thousands of birds to understand the volunteer hours – and the scars from the birds. It is inspiring to know that so many people from around the world came together for these birds. One can only wonder what could be accomplished if people did this for other people. I was very impressed when I read that it was a bright 17-year old boy who invented the special soap to degrease the penguins.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karilynn Williamson on January 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book at my local library (mostly because it was on display and because I love penguins). Initially, I was a bit skeptical about the book and did not really know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was reading a book that was extremely well rounded, educational, and entertaining.

While the book's premise focuses mostly upon the author's experience at the Salt River Centre during the time of the Treasure oil spill, it also provides a lot of background information. The author not only discussed her own work with penguins and how she got started, but also provided enlightening information about oil spills, general penguin and African penguin population statistics, and the impacts of a wildlife rescue upon animals and humans alike. Furthermore, she blended these statistics seamlessly into her writing, helping the reader to feel more at ease with the information they were being told, as opposed to having it thrown at them.

Dyan did an excellent job of writing this book, not only with basic things like structure and grammar, but also by structuring her story to help the reader understand the heartbreaking and heartwarming experience this rescue was. She very often contrasted funny anecdotes with heartbreaking events that showed the reader how emotionally turmoil the situation was. Not only that, but her strategy also kept the story moving and helped prevent the deeper emotional events from weighing down her account too much. Dyan also managed to paint a vivid picture through her excellent use of prose, helping to establish scenes in the reader's mind. Sometimes, I could actually see these birds, covered with oil, and cowering in their pens!
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