Punta San Juan Field Research

Field Journal: Return Trip to Assess Threatened Species
Brookfield Zoo veterinarian Dr. Mike Adkesson went on a return visit to the coast of Peru as part of a team conducting a health assessment on Humboldt penguins in the wild. This was his sixth trip to Punta San Juan (or PSJ) since 2007, and, what started out as a single project that year, has now become an on-going field program that continues to grow and expand every year.

Dr. Adkesson now oversees multiple research projects involving several threatened and endangered species at this location. With the support of the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo and the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute, this was the team's fourth consecutive year collecting data on the health of the penguins.

Click on the dates below to read about the 2010 field work at the Punta San Juan reserve and how zoo veterinarians play an important role in conservation efforts of wildlife in their natural habitats.


Day 1-June 7, 2010
Day 2-June 8, 2010
Day 3-June 9, 2010
Day 4-June 10 , 2010
Day 5-June 11 , 2010
Day 6-June 12, 2010
Day 7-June 13, 2010
Day 8-June 14, 2010

Examination of Humboldt Penguin at Punta San Juan
Dr. Jankowski and Dr. Adkesson examine a Humboldt penguin