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C H I L E

  1. Dezember 2020

+++Die Entscheidung des Umweltgerichtes in Antofagasta bzgl. des Megaprojektes „Dominga“ steht immer noch aus. Jetzt schon seit März!!?? Niemand weiß, wie das Schweigen des Gerichtes zu verstehen ist.

+++Am 7. und am 15. Dezember war Alianza Humboldt wieder in den Dörfern der Gemeinde La Higuera unterwegs und hat neue „Gärtchen“ verteilt. Nach der erzwungenen Pause klappte die Übergabe gut und stieß weiter auf großes Interesse. (s. a. Artikel Chile - Protest im Lockdown - Defensa Ambiental und Alianza Humboldt sehr aktiv vom 23. Oktober 2020).

+++Mitte Dezember schickten Prof. A. Simeone (Universidad Andrés Bello, Santiago) und Prof. G. Luna (Universidad Católica del Norte, Coquimbo) aktualisierte Vorschläge für wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Humboldt-Pinguin in Chile. Die Forscher wollten im Auftrag von  SPHENISCO eigentlich bereits jetzt - im Winter bzw. Süd-Sommer - eine systematische Erhebung der Bestandszahlen in den 5 wichtigsten chilenischen Brutgebieten, auf den Inseln Pan de Azucar, Chañaral, Choros, Tilgo und Chachagua durchführen. Die Forschungsarbeiten sollten ergänzt werden durch telemetrische Untersuchungen zum Nahrungssuchverhalten (in Kooperation mit dem Meeresbiologen Dr. T. Mattern, NZ Penguin Initiative, University of Otago, Dunedin, Neuseeland). Wegen der Pandemie mussten die Forschungsvorhaben leider verschoben werden. Der neue Plan sieht vor, mit der Forschung zum Nahrungssuchverhalten im Südwinter 2021/22 zu beginnen und die Erhebungen 2023 und 2025 zu wiederholen. Der Census ist jetzt auf 2022/23 terminiert und soll 2024/25 noch einmal durchgeführt werden. Die beiden Untersuchungen sollen ergänzt werden, durch eine Studie zum Bruterfolg auf den Inseln Chañaral und Choros. Auch hier sind die ersten Erhebungen für den Südwinter 2021/22 geplant und sollen  bis 2025/26 jedes Jahr in der Brutzeit wiederholt werden.

Der Vorstand wird Anfang Januar die Vorschläge beraten und klären, ob und ggf. in welchem Umfang die Forschungsvorhaben finanziert werden können.

+++ In Chile wird 2021, im April eine verfassungsgebende Versammlung gewählt, um eine neue Verfassung zu erarbeiten. Zur Zeit werden Wahlen für diese Versammlung vorbereitet. Seit den monatelangen Protesten 2019 misstrauen viele Bürger allen Parteien, egal welcher Richtung. Die Menschen hoffen auf unabhängige Kandidaten aus zivilgesellschaftlichen Gruppen. Diese sind häufig nur locker organisiert, ohne belastbare Strukturen. Bis zum 10. Januar müssen die Gruppen Listen mit Kandidaten für die geplante Wahl einreichen. In vielen Gesprächen und (virtuellen) Sitzungen versuchen engagierte Bürger sich basisdemokratisch auf Ziele, Motto, Namen der Liste und Kandidaten zu einigen. Eine gewaltige Herausforderung. Als Anwälte der Natur und der Umwelt beteiligen sich Alianza Humboldt und Defensa Ambiental an diesem Prozess. In den Protesten 2019 zeigte sich, dass eine Mehrheit der Chilenen eine Verfassung fordert, die einen besseren sozialen Ausgleich sowie einen wirksamen Schutz der Umwelt sicherstellt. So soll beispielsweise Wasser wieder allen gehören und nicht im Privatbesitz bleiben.

P  E  R  U

+++Aus Peru erreichten SPHENISCO kurz vor dem Ende des Jahres gute und schlechte Nachrichten über die der Artikel „Umweltbildung trotz Pandemie“ ausführlich informiert.

E U R O P A

+++Anfang Dezember wurde von Prof. Boris Culik (F3-Forschung, Fakten, Fantasie, Kiel) der Abschlussbericht „Vorversuche im Zoo Landau zur Beifangvermeidung von Pinguinen in der Stellnetzfischerei in Chile“ vorgelegt. Die Versuche wurden im Juli 2020 durchgeführt. Auswertung und Datenanalyse gestalteten sich aufwändiger als ursprünglich angenommen. Laut Prof. Boris Culik zeigen die Ergebnisse, dass ein Signal gefunden wurde, dessen weitere Untersuchung sich lohnen würde. Er fordert die Pinguin-Community auf, sich selbst ein Urteil zu bilden (s.a. PDF Abschlussbericht, bitte Mailanfrage stellen).

Die Forschungsarbeit wurde von einer hervorragende Kooperation getragen. Der Dank richtet sich an Prof. Entling (Institut für Umweltwissenschaften, Landau) für Koordination und Organisation, die Studierenden Ayla Seithe, Sarah Bergmann, Jannis Bitzigeio, die sich außerordentlich bei der Erhebung und Auswertung der Daten engagierten, sowie an Dr. Christina Schubert, die die Arbeit vor Ort ermöglicht und die notwendige praktische Unterstützung organisiert hat. Auftraggeber des Forschungsprojektes war SPHENISCO, ein großer Teil der finanziellen Mittel wurde von unserem Mitglied dem Vogelpark Marlow zur Verfügung gestellt. (s.a. Artikel „Suche nach dem guten, dem richtigen TON vom 20. Oktober und vimeo https://vimeo.com/472268366

+++Der Verein der Freunde des Tierparks Hagenbeck e.V. hat sich mit der Arbeit von SPHENISCO auseinandergesetzt und sich entschlossen, Feldforschung zum Humboldt-Pinguin in Nordchile großzügig zu fördern. Zur Zeit wird geklärt, ob und wie die Forschungsarbeiten realisiert werden können (s. oben).

+++In den vergangenen Jahren hat sich die erfreuliche Tradition entwickelt, SPHENISCO zum Ende des Jahres mit kleinen und großen Spenden zu bedenken. Daran hat auch Corona nichts geändert. Im letzten Quartal haben den Schutz der Humboldt-Pinguine unterstützt: Thomas Schild-Dona, Herr oder Frau Mannertz, Hans-Jörg und Ruth Dierolf, Christine Kuhlmann, die Zoologische Gesellschaft für Arten- und Populationsschutz e.V. (ZGAP),

der Zoo Saarbrücken, Thomas Heidenreich, Paultons Park in Southampton, England, Claudia Stehling, Jürgen und Beate Elling, Gesellschaft der Freunde und Förderer des Zoo Rostock e.V., der Zoo Frankfurt, Harald Uhl und Gudrun Hagerer-Uhl, der Zoo Halle. Vielen Dank!

+++Last Minute. Am 22. Dezember rief ein junger Mann an. Er wollte einen Pinguin begeisterten Freund an Hl. Abend mit einer Spende an SPHENISCO (belegt durch eine Spendenquittung) beschenken. Der Vorstand hat die weihnachtliche Überraschung möglich gemacht.

+++Welt-Pinguin-Tag 2021. Der Pandemie zum Trotz heißt es für die Zeit rund um den 25. April 2021 „Save the date“. Hoffentlich werden die Zoos zu dieser Zeit geöffnet sein, hoffentlich wird es möglich sein, Aktionen rund um den Welt-Pinguintag zu organisieren.

W.K.

 

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C H I L E 

Landau 2 November 2020                                                                                                                  

+++5 years ago on the 30th of January2015, the Cruz Grande port project of CMP (Compania  Minera del  Pacfico  S.A) was approved. At the time, SPHENISCO, together with Chilean environmentalists, drew the attention of President Michelle Bachelet and the relevant authorities to the dangers to the sensitive marine region as well as the serious shortcomings in the environmental impact assessment - without success. 

For unknown reasons, CMP has not started the construction of the Cruz Grande port in recent years. The permit was limited to five years and expired at the end of January. At the request of the NGO Oceana, the Ministry of the Environment/ the superintendence of the Coquimbo Region  informed that the permit has not been extinguished (the arguments for this are for us not comprehensible). Oceana is appealing against this decision before the Environmental Court.

+++Conapach (Confederacion Nacional de Pescadores Artesanales de Chile), the national union of coastal fishermen has taken a stand against the megaproject Dominga.

+++The Regional Environment Agency has organized a campaign to combat rats on the breeding islands of  Pajaros  and is implementing the  measures.  

+++Los Djangos are the indigenous people of the Coquimbo Region. They have now been officially recognised as such and are now receiving special rights. As a group, this also gives them the opportunity to sue against measures and projects.

+++SPHENISCO wanted to start a systematic survey of the current numbers of Humboldt Penguins in the 5 most important Chilean breeding areas in winter or southern summer (in cooperation with Prof. A. Simeone, Universidad Andrés Bello, Santiago, Chile, Prof. G. Luna, Universidad  Católica  del Norte, Coquimbo, Chile). The research should be complemented by telemetric studies on foraging behaviour (in cooperation with marine biologist Dr. T. Mattern, NZ Penguin Initiative, University  of  Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand). Because of the pandemic, the research projects were postponed. The Board of Directors is trying to clarify when the survey can begin.

+++ The various initiatives of Defensa Ambiental IV Region and Alianza Humboldt during the lockdown  are described in the October 23rd article, "Chile Protests in Lockdown".

+++The decision of the environmental court in Antofagasta regarding the megaproject "Dominga" is still pending, since March!!?? 

+++In May, environmentalists reported the Consejo Regional (Regional Government Advisory Board) to the Regional Supervisory Authority (Contraloría  Regional de  Coquimbo), for violating their neutrality obligation (see also Sphenisco News Flash in May). The Contraloría upheld the complaint and deemed the Consejo's  opinion to be unlawful and asked the panel to refrain from making any partisan comments during ongoing proceedings. The Consejo has apologized, referred to the conditions of the pandemic (?) and assured that it did not intend to violate the rights of other institutions. 

+++The complaint against the mayor von La Higuera was also successful. The supervisory authority decided that municipalities may not accept donations from participating companies during ongoing proceedings. 

E U R O P E

+++On September 13th, the now traditional Great Species Protection Day took place at the Karlsruhe Zoo. Due to Corona there was less of an audience, and of course the possibilities to present themselves were somewhat limited, but for Sphenisco it was a matter of honor to support our zoo member on this day. Sphenisco’s second chairwoman Christina Schubert presented the association to the public at an information stand, supported by the former volunteer of the zoo, Chantal Trauth. Also this year, Chantal’s hand-crocheted penguins as well as river pebbles painted with beautiful animal motifs were a big seller. And, one or the other bottle of penguin wine found new lovers – also a very good way to report about the concerns of the association and the work in Chile and Peru, and a way to come into conversation with the zoo visitors.

+++Small but very special, and also very committed:  a Linux fan club from Schwentinental (a town in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany) is enthusiastic about the Penguin Museum in Cuxhaven. Now the penguin fans have organized a (virtual) flea market for "computer-stuff". They donate the proceeds equally to the Penguin Museum and for the protection of penguins in the wild, i.e. for SPHENISCO. Many thanks to the Linuxlers and the museum.

+++The interim report on penguin research in Landau is available, see article "Search for the Good, the Right Tone” of October 20 and under vimeo at https://vimeo.com/472268366 (in German).

+++In October, SPHENISCO concluded an agreement with the Zoological Society for The Conservation of Species and Populations (ZGAP)  https://www.zgap.de. The ZGAP initiates or financially supports projects to protect little-known, but highly endangered animal species. In the future, it will also draw attention to the serious threat posed to the Humboldt penguin and will endeavour to raise funds for SPHENISCO projects. 

W.K. 

translated by Erich Greiner

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Penguin Winetasting

Landau 19. October 2020.

In May of 2019, the Penguin Wine “crawled” out of the bottle and gave its film debut in “Flaschenpost”, from Nicole Bertram. In the film “Penguin Winetasting”, the special white burgundy from SPHENISCO is savored. Together with the wine grower Karl Ramsel, Anja Knauber and Christina Schubert describe the wine’s qualities and advertise for enjoyment combined with species protection. SPHENISCO knows, “Penguins don’t drink wine”, but penguin friends do, and therefore recommends this award-winning* white burgundy. For the penguins! Cheers!

*The 2019 vintage was awarded the Silver Medal from the Rhineland Palatinate Chamber of Agriculture.

Link to the film https://vimeo.com/467121600

W.K.

translated by Erich Greiner

The (Spreewelten-) Penguins from Lübbenau  – Impressions of Two Members

Magdeburg 12. Oktober 2020.

The ‟Spreewald” (a section of the German state of Brandenburg) instead of Peru? A bizarre idea that in March ensured shock, unbelieving glances and tears, has turned out to be one of our most moving and beautiful trips of all.

It was the 13th of March 2020, the day on which it was clear that our dream vacation to the South American home of the Humboldt Penguin would, at least for the time being, not happen. The borders were and still are largely closed, we weren’t thinking about traveling, and health was and is the highest priority. During these weeks we heard for the first time about the water park in Lübbenau in the Spreewald, where one supposedly could swim with Humboldt Penugins: at Spreewelten Water Park.

Since our childhood days, we have been fascinated by these black and white underwater ̏fliers”. In particular, after we read the book ̏Unverfrorene Freunde” from Klemens Pütz (no English translation of the book available at this time), after many visits to the Halle Zoo (Saale), and after we repeatedly encountered Sphenisco’s involvement, we decided to join the organization at the end of 2019. It was literally a very moving decision, in every sense of the word, because we were looking for a way to come in contact with the animals themselves. We found a common ground with Sphenisco, which offered ideas, knowledge, experience and tips on how to provide a small contribution for the protection of the penguins in their homeland. Our excitement drove us on, and excitement can be contagious.

Now, since we found out that “Spreewelten” was also an organizational member of Sphenisco, we wanted to see and experience what “Swimming with Penguins” was, and whether or not it was even a good idea.

The time came in September:  we booked a room at the Spreewelten Hotel for five nights, which included entry to the Spreewelten Water Park. We observed the jolly troop of 24 Humboldt Penguins for hours and hours, talked to the loving and energetic animal keepers, and of course, swam in the comfortably-temperatured water, almost belly to belly with the penguins themselves. Here we reveal the secret:  the challenge from some of the two-legged animals to have a swimming competition was happily accepted by the penguins. The winner was always clear! No human is so fleet, agile and elegant as the underwater fliers. They have plenty of room to dive in their huge and beautiful salt water pool. Each penguin can swim at its own tempo; from relaxed, cool and disinterested, curiously watching the humans on the other side of the glass panel, to lightning fast with gallant jumps out of the water. It was simply fascinating and wonderful to be allowed to watch these clever animals go about their everyday activities.

The question here is valid, though:  who is watching whom?  Latest at 9 AM on the second morning, we were greeted at the outside enclosure with loud penguin trumpeting. Some of them provided the impression that they wanted to pose for pictures. Some of the penguins appeared to be attentive listeners, while others were interested observers of what the humans were able to do with their fingers. They followed us over land and water, based on their current whims, with curiosity and concentrating on the movements of our hands and feet, and shadow play with fingers was very popular – for both humans and penguins. Apropos fingers:  as cute as each penguin may seem, their beaks are strong and powerful. Each of the penguins has their own desire as to being caressed. We humans also don’t want to be touched by others without being asked! As such, it is logical and important for the wellbeing of the animals, that they can withdraw themselves and hide if they feel the need. The penguin area has a lot of room and plenty of hidden nooks and crannies behind stones and bushes, that are neither accessible to us guests, nor can be seen by us. It can be that almost no tuxedo wearers are visible, because perhaps most of them are either tired or simply don’t have any desire to be around each other or anyone else observing them.

At the latest however, when it comes time to eat, there’s a lot going on.  The official feeding times are twice a day, and during that time the visitors receive a lot of valuable information about the Humboldt Penguin, and see their black-and-white-feathered stars eat a diverse mix of herring, smelt and sprats. Who wouldn’t get hungry with that being offered?

The visit to Spreewelten was a magical vacation for us! The penguins are the center of attention. They are the highlight and the stars! They make it possible for all of us as visitors to be fascinated by these animals. It was easy for this happy group to put a spell on us, without having to board a plane and book an expensive trip. This is a great opportunity, as the fascination with these animals ensures interest and curiosity in their natural and beautiful habitat, and with that the threat to them. Whoever is inspired will also be sensitive to what is possible and what is needed in order to ensure their survival. Each person can do a bit to help create a world for animals and humans that’s worth living in. Initial motivation can be found for visitors on the information boards at the outside enclosure. The 24 Spreewelten penguins and in particular their animal keepers are therewith diplomats for all the penguins living in the wild! Thank you and keep it up! Viva los pinguinos!

Kathrin Ballenthin

translated by Erich Greiner

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C H I L E

31 August 2020
+++Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Board of Directors has been conferring even more closely with our employee Nancy Duman via zoom. We are surprised and appreciate it very much how creatively and productively she and our partners in Chile continue to work under the extreme conditions of the pandemic (at present there is still a quarantine in La Serena!). In August alone, the following actions were carried out:

+++At the beginning of August, it was discussed with residents of all villages in the municipality of La Higuera on the topic "How we dream the future". The video conferences - with each village separately - met with varying degrees of response and productivity. Nevertheless, many suggestions were made, for example on waste separation, recycling and art made from waste, an annual calendar activities such as the Loco Fest, "Djangos" (indigenous people of the region), a museum respectively an exhibition on "Djangos" and a training in the production of olive oil. In a next step the ideas from the different villages will be pooled. The organizations and associations of the above villages will be involved.

+++On 22 August Alianza Humboldt (Sphenisco is part of the alliance) organized a meeting on the Internet with the topic "Seminar Humboldt Archipelago - Hope for a sustainable development in Chile" ("Seminario Archipiélago de Humboldt-esperanza para un desarrollo sostenible de Chile"). Moderated by Nancy Duman, Dr. Carlos Gaymer (marine biologist from the University of Coquimbo), Dr. Francisco Squeo (biologist from the University of La Serena), Claudio Ibañez (former director of the Coquimbo Region - his government rejected the mega-project "Dominga"), Elisabeth Balcazar (from Caleta Los Hornos), Rodrigo Flores (from Pt. de Choros) as well as Óscar Avilés (president of the association of fishermen from Pt. De Choros) they provided essential information and were discussing with about 200 participants for almost four hours. The conference can be viewed on the YouTube channel of Alianza Humboldt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4xbN_LWinQ. For September Alianza is planning another seminar on the topic „Environment and Constitution“.

+++On 23 August citizens of the region exposed themselves to "Dominga". In short videos they commented on the upcoming sentence of the Environmental Court in Antofagasta. The statements are part of a planned reportage: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK4r5L5Ya0Sxa5zxGCH8HlQ/videos

+++The decision of the Environmental Court in Antofagasta concerning the mega-project "Dominga" is still pending. Alianza Humboldt is planning to hold a virtual press conference on the day of the sentence, in which scientists and citizens of the region will be involved.

+++In May, environmentalists reported the Consejo Regional (advisory body of the regional government) to the regional supervisory authority (Controlaría Regional de Coquimbo) for violation of the duty of neutrality.  (see also Sphenisco news flash in May). The answer is still pending. 

E U R O P E

+++For several years, Paultons Park in Southampton, England has been supporting the work of SPHENISCO. Once again we very much appreciate a generous donation.

+++The trial phase of the research project to avoid by-catch, which Prof. Culik was implementing on behalf of SPHENISCO at the Landau Zoo, has been completed. At present the results are being evaluated. As reported, the project has attracted an unusually high level of media interest  (see news flash Sphenisco - July).

We have been asked by different sides, including the „Association of Zoological Gardens“ (VdZ), to document the research project. Gabriele and Werner Knauf have started to produce an approx. four-minute film in three languages (German, English, Spanish).

+++ On August 16th a big species protection day was held at Frankfurt Zoo. Due to the pandemic, the activities could not take place as usual. The Frankfurters switched to the internet. They made small videos and thus arranged a theme day on species protection on the internet. One of the films deals with the Humboldt Penguins and goes into detail about the work of SPHENISCO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFj2VjPN2BA&feature=youtu.be

W.K.

translated by Angelika Veelken

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Landau, 31. Juli 2020

+++Since June 22nd, Professor Boris Culik, from Kiel, Germany, has been testing a warning device (PAL – Positive Attachment Lanyard) on the Humboldt Penugins at the Landau Zoo (s.a., “Penguin Research in Landau”). An acoustic signal is being searched for that will discourage penguins from swimming into gill nets. This research is being done on behalf of Sphenisco, and is generously being subsidized by the Marlow Bird Park. This research has created an unusually high level of media interest. As far as we know, short broadcasts were produced by the radio networks SWR3, SAT-Regional as well as SWR. The Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa – German Press Agency) disseminated the news, which was then picked up and reported by the following newspapers or internet services:  Rheinpfalz (multiple times), Mannheimer Morgen, Frankfurter Rundschau, Welt, Hamburger Abendblatt, Bildzeitung, Volksfreund, MSN-Microsoft News, Arcor and ecoGuide (s.a., Video from SAT 1 “Pinguine als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter” – Penguins as Scientific Research Assistants, in German)

https://www.1730live.de/pinguine-als-wissenschaftliche-mitarbeiter/

+++On June 29th, the City of Landau honored Gabriele and Werner Knauf with the Art and Cultural Prize of the Feldbausch-Foundation. Head Mayor Thomas Hirsch also honored the dedicated service for and from Sphenisco: “It makes us proud that in the City of Landau there are people like Mr. and Mrs. Knauf, who dedicate themselves in such an exemplary manner, who are always ready to pitch in where support is needed.” It is not only the film works of Gabriele and Werner Knauf, but also their long-standing commitment to the Sphenisco Organization, which has devoted itself to the protection of the Humboldt Penguin in the wild, and which is also being kept at the Landau Zoo. https://www.landau.de/Verwaltung-Politik/Pressemitteilungen/Viel-mehr-als-nur-Unterhaltung-Landauer-Filmemacher-Ehepaar-Knauf-mit-Kunst-und-Kulturpreis-der-Dr-Feldbausch-Stiftung-ausgezeichnet.php?object=tx,2644.5.1&FID=2644.5749.1

(s.a. Video OK Weinstraße) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4KQo7rZ_tE

+++Dark clouds hang over the Humboldt Archipelago in northern Chile. The Chilean Supreme Court referred Andes Iron’s complaint against the rejection of the “Dominga” Project back to the environmental court in Antofagasta. A hearing already took place in March. In July, the environmental court demanded the regional Environmental Ministry (SUBPESCA – Subsecretaría de Pesca y Acuicultura), as well as the regional commission for coastal use, take a position as to whether the “Dominga” project endangers biodiversity and whether the environmental protection aspects are compatible with the project. The attorneys for the Humboldt Alliance (Sphenisco is part of the Alliance) protested against this decision, and have called these actions of the court inadmissible. The protest was successful, and the environmental court pulled its demand back.

+++The decision of the Environmental Court in Antofagasta, regarding the “Dominga” issue, is expected in August. On July 27th, three days prior to beginning of the preventative quarantine in La Serena, the Humboldt Alliance therefore organized another demonstration with animal figures in front of the Town Hall in the center of La Serena (see pictures below and a video on vimeo – https://vimeo.com/444592162).

Parallel to these demonstrations, residents of Los Choros and Pt. de Choros “painted” a whale on the beach by using large sea shells [nature painting – si a la vida (yes to life), against the mega-project “Dominga”]; beautiful, definitely a “must see” (see vimeo https://vimeo.com/444623992).

+++Rosa Rojas, the Chairwoman of our partner organization MODEMA, wants to reduce her involvement, due to health reasons. She remains Chairwoman of the citizens’ action group, but wants to delegate the operative business more to Patricia and her husband (both are from Pt. de Choros). This is a more-than understandable step, after Rosa Rojas’ many years of support for nature and the environment in the Coquimbo Region. We thank her very much for her dedication and wish her much luck with her desire to scale down. We are skeptical however, whether her nature will allow her to do so.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

+++For the first time, Sphenisco received a generous donation from Curraghs Wildlife Park, a wildlife part in the wetland area of the northwest part of the Isle of Man, in Great Britian. Thank you very much!

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W.K.

translated by Erich Greiner

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Antarctica - Penguin Wine from the Crate

Landau 30th June 2020.

Neumayer Wein

In August of last year, the "Penguin Wine" went on a journey to Antarctica, together with other wines from Rhein-Hessen and the Palatinate.   In January, after 14,000 kilometers and five long months, the Pinot Blanc from the Ramsel Winery in Kirrweiler reached the Neumayer Research Station. Then it was time to wait again, because traditionally, the team at the station opens the crate of fine wines only for the Midwinter Fest in June. With temperatures of minus 45 degrees Fahrenheit and during the time of the long darkness, the first wines were tried. Whether the "penguin wine" was already enjoyed in style, within view of the penguins who always come to the station confidently and curiously, and how the Pinot Blanc tasted, we unfortunately do not know (so far).

Since its "premiere" on May 1, 2019, the "Penguin Wine" has been to many places, become prominent and is continuously helping to finance species conservation projects of SPHENISCO (one euro per bottle sold is donated to the organization). Penguin friends and those who want to become one do not have to wait months for the wine from Kirrweiler, thank God. Andrea and Karl Ramsel are faster and currently cover as much as 50% of the shipping costs. Let yourself enjoy tasting this fine wine, and at the same time support the protection of the Humboldt Penguins (https://www.weingut-ramsel.de/spheniscopinguinwein).

W.K.

translated by Erich Greiner

P.S. - here, the winery’s contact information:

Weingut Ramsel, Am Neugarten 13, 67489 Kirrweiler, Germany  +++ Tel: +49(0) 6321-95010 +++ E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  +++ Website:  www.weingut-ramsel.de +++

   
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