Home to the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in South America, Punta Tombo is a narrow peninsula that juts out into the South Atlantic. The 500 acre reserve here provides nesting ground to the penguin population -- a population dwindling each year due to oil spills, overfishing, and tourism. Although the peninsula is isolated, the number of tourists that visit Punta Tombo grows yearly.
Efforts have been made recently by environmental groups to conserve the wildlife and natural resources of this important penguin reserve, and tourists are restricted to a small overlook area. A marine reserve, which would provide additional protection for the penguins, is also being sought. A protected 20 mile radius outside the boundaries of the Punta Tombo peninsula would provide the penguins with a safe environment to forage from September though April.
Arguably, Punta Tombo is the most important area for bird species on the Patagonian coast. Many conservationists feel that the Argentine government should declare Punta Tombo a natural monument, which would make it a nationally protected area.
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