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Thursday, 20 July, 2000, 15:10 GMT 16:10 UK
SA penguins again threatened
By Greg Barrow in Cape Town
A team of ornithologists has gone to Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town to see whether thousands of African penguins that were rescued from an oil slick last month are now settling back into their nesting grounds.
One penguin named Peter has been tracked to the island using satellite technology.
But so far, he has not been found.
Peter became an international wildlife celebrity after a tracking device was glued to his back shortly before he was released into the wild three weeks ago.
He is now back in his nesting colony along with thousands of other African penguins that were rescued from Robben Island and other nesting grounds last month when an oil slick threatened to destroy their home.
They were picked up in the biggest ever seabird rescue operation mounted to save this endangered marine species.
The oil leak happened in the middle of the nesting season, and thousands of unborn chicks have already been lost.
Now, conservationists are concerned that the adult birds were released too soon.
More oil is leaking from the engine room in the wreck of the Treasure.
Gale-force winds and high seas have hindered the work of divers who have been trying to pump any remaining oil out of the wreck, and there is a danger that some birds could swim into more polluted waters and have to be rescued once again.
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