Thank you for visiting The Penguin Lady blog! My name is Dyan deNapoli, and I’m a penguin expert, educator and author of The Great Penguin Rescue: 40,000 Penguins, a Devastating Oil Spill and the Inspiring Story of the World’s Largest Animal Rescue. My mission is to raise awareness and funding to help protect dwindling penguin populations.
After working closely with penguins for nine years at Boston’s New England Aquarium and in the wild, I founded The Penguin Lady in 2005. I conduct on-site programs about penguin biology, behavior and conservation for children and adults in a variety of settings (colleges, museums, libraries, senior centers, nature expedition ships). I’ve been featured as the guest expert on many television and radio shows, including CNN’s Situation Room, BBC Radio 5 Live, CBC Radio-Canada, Sierra Club Radio, and ABC Radio Australia. I was honored to be asked to speak at TEDxBoston in June of 2011 – my talk is currently featured on the main TED website. Over the last fifteen years, I’ve enjoyed sharing my passion for these engaging seabirds with approximately 250,000 people worldwide.
My recently published book chronicles the truly remarkable rescue of 40,000 penguins from the Treasure oil spill in South Africa in 2000. Having worked as a rehabilitation supervisor during this historic event, I witnessed first-hand the devastating impact of oiling on the penguins, as well as the inspiring outcome when thousands of people from different backgrounds came together and worked as one to save a species. More than 12,500 volunteers – with big hearts but no animal care experience – came to the rescue of the traumatized penguins in their greatest hour of need. After three months and 556,000 hours of grueling labor, 95% of the penguins were released back into the wild in what still stands as the largest and most successful animal rescue ever undertaken.
The Great Penguin Rescue was published by Simon & Schuster’s Free Press imprint on October, 26 2010, and has been favorably reviewed by several publications, including The New York Review of Books, New York Post, The Daily Beast, The Birder’s Library, and others.
Library Journal selected it as “One of the best sci-tech books of 2010” (in the natural history category), and it has been designated a “Must-Read” book in the 2011 Massachusetts Book Awards. (This also makes it a nominee for the the 2011 MA Book Award – winners will be announced later this year.) And it was a Silver Award Winner in the 2011 Nautilus Book Awards – these awards recognize books that are “changing the world one book at a time”, which is precisely why I wrote The Great Penguin Rescue, so I am very honored by this award in particular. I donate 20% of the proceeds from my book and from every public appearance to penguin rescue, research and conservation groups.
My goal with this blog is to provide breaking news and information about what’s happening in the world of penguins, as well as sharing publishing tips with aspiring authors. For more information about my work , my book, or penguins in general, please visit my company website at www.thepenguinlady.com or my Facebook fan page at The Penguin Lady (or click here for my Facebook fan page). I’m also on Twitter as thepenguinlady (or click here for my Twitter page). Thanks for stopping by!
My talk about The Great Penguin Rescue given at the TEDxBoston conference on June 28, 2011 is now featured on the home page of TED.com.
Dyan deNapoli – The Penguin Lady