RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian scientists have sent a group of around 20 penguins rescued from beaches near Rio de Janeiro last year to the United States for an aquarium exhibition on climate change.
"They arrived in good condition Saturday night in Los Angeles," said Giselda Candiotto, director of the Niteroi zoo, which had been caring for the Magellanic penguins.
She said they would be kept in quarantine in Los Angeles before being sent to the Monterrey Bay Aquarium in California.
The birds sent to California were the survivors from hundreds that washed up on Brazil's shore after a long migration from the waters off Argentina's southern Patagonia region.
Scientists said the penguins, which follow schools of fish, have been migrating further north in recent years, possibly due to climate change. But the longer journey wears on the penguins and they have become thinner and their population has been declining.
Brazilian environmental authorities began a study last year on the changing migration patterns of the penguins.
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