Global Penguin Society

October 10, 2020

8:15 am PDT

Global Penguin Society (GPS) works around the globe to protect all 18 species of penguin. About 55% of them are listed as threatened, primarily by ocean pollution and climate change. GPS monitors penguin populations and promotes their conservation through educational programs for children and strategic ocean and beach cleanup initiatives. Healthy oceans lead to healthy penguins, so GPS makes habitat protection a high priority to help penguins flourish. To achieve this goal, GPS works with governments in coastal countries to establish protected areas and has secured several million acres of marine habitat for penguins.


Dr. Pablo Borboroglu


Penguins have always been important to Pablo, and he has dedicated his life to their conservation. He founded the Global Penguin Society to protect all 18 species of penguins throughout the world. Pablo works with communities, local governments, and other conservation groups to establish guidelines for penguin conservation and protect their habitat. Thanks to his efforts, over 32 million acres of marine and coastal protected areas have been created for penguins. Pablo is a recipient of the 2018 Whitley Gold Award and the 2018 National Geographic/Buffet Awards for Leadership in Conservation.

Dr. Laura Marina Reyes

Conservation Program Director

Laura has lived her entire life in Patagonia, Argentina. She is the Director of Conservation for the Global Penguin Society. Laura has a Ph.D. in Marine Biology and also works as a university professor. For the last 34 years, she has studied and worked for the conservation of the ocean and its wildlife. In her role within GPS, she coordinates and facilitates community-based processes to create protected areas. So far, Laura has led 11 participatory processes to design management plans for existent or recently established protected areas.

María Luján Villabriga

Educational Program Director

Luján is a marine biologist who truly believes that education is the key to protecting the oceans and saving penguins. She has led Global Penguin Society's education program since 2012, helping teach more than 6,500 kids and their families how to help penguins by participating in community activities like beach clean-ups and awareness campaigns. She also helps to develop educational material to enable a global audience of kids to learn more about penguins and their habitats. Luján received the Disney Conservation Hero Award in 2019 from the Disney Conservation Fund.

Photography credit: (c) Suzi Eszerthas

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