Founder of Global Penguin Society
Dr Pablo Garcia Borboroglu is one of the world's leading penguin experts and has been supported along his amazing conservation journey by the Rufford Small Grant programme.
Inspired by his grandmother’s trips on horseback to visit penguin colonies in her native Patagonia, Pablo's work has expanded to study and protect 32 million acres of penguin habitat. His founding and leadership of the Global Penguin Society have elevated the conservation of all 18 species of penguin.
He has worked on all aspects of the conservation sphere: scientific research and analysis, habitat study and creation and the co-ordination of protected areas with government, local people and international conservation bodies including UNESCO.
The Rufford Foundation is immensely proud to have worked with Pablo since the award of his first Rufford Small Grant in 2006.
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In the video below, Pablo shares with us the things that have inspired him on his journey, and the many vital elements that make up a successful nature conservation programme. He also sets out his vision for how conservation can and must be transformed in the future.
At a young age Pablo is inspired by his grandmother's horseback trips to visit penguin colonies in her native Patagonia.
Pablo travels south to Patagonia and is shocked to discover tens of thousands of penguins dying each year due to oil spills.
Pablo originally studied law but after witnessing the mass penguin deaths, he decides to study biology as a path to helping conserve them..
Pablo studies the poorly known endemic, flightless Chubut steamerduck in Patagonia, coming up with information crucial to conserving this unusual species.
Global Penguin Society founded by Pablo with the help of funding from the Rufford Foundation.
Pablo aims to promote the protection of the world's penguins at a global scale through integrated ocean conservation that includes science, management and education.
Designation of UNESCO Patagonia Azul Biosphere reserve.
A host of further awards for Pablo and the GPS, including the Whitley Gold Award, Rolex Award for Enterprise and National Geographic Buffet Award.
Rufford Small Grants were the original seed to my work that has led to much larger conservation impact. But conservation is hugely underfunded. We need to increase funding for species conservation but also to conserve the environmental services that allow us to survive.
Conservationists need to communicate their scientific work in an accessible/friendly language that can be understood by all society including communities, artists, politicians and religious leaders.
We need to be more like penguins! Persistent, patient and driven! In difficult times it's important to focus on achieving our main goals. This gives us energy to keep going despite all the challenges that we encounter.
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