Punta Tombo

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Magellanic penguins in Punta Tombo

Punta Tombo is an animal protection reserve in the Argentine province of Chubut on the Atlantic coast , about 120 km south of Trelew . Punta Tombo is the world's largest breeding ground for Magellanic penguins . The three km long and 600 m wide peninsula is covered with sand, clay and gravel.

In late September, when spring comes in the southern hemisphere, the Magellanic penguins migrate from southern Brazil to Patagonia and then nest in Punta Tombo. Other important breeding grounds for the Magellanic penguins are the Bahía Camarones and Cabo Dos Bahías.

In 1979, Chubut Province declared this area a wildlife reserve to protect the Magellanic penguins and the other species that live there. Punta Tombo is part of the new Golfo San Jorge National Park.

Other species found there are gulls , cormorants , rheas and guanacos .

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Península Valdés (Spanish)

Coordinates: 44 ° 2 ′ 28 ″  S , 65 ° 12 ′ 36 ″  W