Penguin Post Office premieres on PBS, Wednesday 28th January 2015
The popular documentary Penguin Post Office will be broadcast in the US on PBS on Wednesday January 28 at 7/8c (check local listings).
Set on the tiny Goudier Island in Antarctica, the documentary follows the breeding cycle of the gentoo penguins who return here each year to find their mate and raise their chicks, whilst in the background tourists visit the restored World War II British Base 'A', which is now run as a museum, Post Office and shop by four members of staff from the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust. An introductory film to Port Lockroy can be seen here. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDbsPC2Kxgo&list=PLPa7sgjg5TxQr4X7zzXuywU5J1zSHw5RE&index=1)
Having been broadcast and positively received in the UK in July 2014, we are very excited that the Penguin Post Office documentary will now become available to an American audience to watch. The documentary was filmed during the 2013-14 Antarctic season by AGB films for Thirteen's Nature and BBC Natural World last season. Read more about the filming of Penguin Post Office here. (http://ukaht.org/penguin-post-office/bbc-radio-4-penguin-post-office)
Penguin Post Office is set on Goudier Island, a tiny island located in Port Lockroy in the Antarctic Peninsula. Goudier Island is also home to Base 'A', a British Base established in 1944 initially for territorial reasons but that quickly became a science base until it was abandoned in 1962. Base 'A' was restored in 1996 back to its 1962 condition, and has been run as a living museum ever since. Every austral summer, the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust send four members of staff down to Port Lockroy to open the museum, Post Office and shop and welcome visitors to the site. Read more about Port Lockroy and its restoration, as well as the current Port Lockroy team blogs.
The gentoo penguins established their colony at Port Lockroy at some point in the mid-1980s. There are now an estimated 3000 penguins that return to Goudier Island each year to breed. The impact of tourism at Port Lockroy on the gentoo penguins is monitored yearly both by the UKAHT team and outside agencies. To date the results show no negative impact on the breeding cycle of the gentoo penguins.
The UK Antarctic Heritage Trust sells a range of Antarctic and penguin-branded clothing and souvenirs both at Port Lockroy and online. All proceeds from our shops go towards the conservation of Base 'A' and the other sites in Antarctica that we manage, as well as our work promoting Antarctic heritage. To read more about these other sites in Antarctica click here. A link to our online shop can be found here.
The work of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust is also supported by our 'Friends of Antarctica', who receive early access to our twice-yearly newsletter and exclusive invites to 'Friends of Antarctica' events.