TEDxBoston 2011

Dyan deNapoli

The Great Penguin Rescue

The inspiring global response to a species in distress

Dyan deNapoli tells a riveting personal tale of the world’s largest volunteer animal rescue that saved over 40,000 penguins after an oil spill off the coast of South Africa. She dispels the belief that all oiled birds should be euthanized and proves that each one of us really can make a difference.


When an iron-ore carrier named the Treasure sank off the coast of South Africa, it spilled 1,300 tons of oil directly in the path of 75,000 African penguins breeding on nearby islands. Penguin experts and 12,500 volunteers from around the world rushed to Cape Town to save the species from potential extinction.


Curator’s Pick: “Penguins are very vocal birds and really, really noisy . . . when we stepped through the doors and into the building it was eerily silent.

More about Dyan: www.thepenguinlady.com



The Penguin Lady blog: www.thepenguinlady.wordpress.com
Author page on Simon & Schuster: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Dyan-deNapoli/62164348

Dyan deNapoli is a penguin expert and author of the award-winning book, The Great Penguin Rescue, which chronicles her experiences during the remarkable rescue of 40,000 penguins from the Treasure oil spill in South Africa. After working as Senior Penguin Aquarist at Boston’s New England Aquarium for nine years, she founded her company, The Penguin Lady, to teach audiences worldwide about these unique seabirds. She speaks at schools, museums, conferences, libraries and retirement communities; and has been the guest lecturer on nature cruises to Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands. Over the last fifteen years, she has shared her passion for protecting penguins with approximately 250,000 people. She has been the featured guest on numerous television and radio programs in the US and abroad, including CNN’s Situation Room, BBC Radio, CBC-Radio Canada and Sierra Club Radio. The Great Penguin Rescue was selected as “One of the best sci-tech books of 2010” by Library Journal, was named a “Must-Read” book in the 2011 Massachusetts Book Awards, and was a Silver award winner in the 2011 Nautilus book awards. Dyan donates 20% of the proceeds from her book and from every public appearance to penguin rescue groups.

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