Wildlife protection

Emperor penguins tobogganing near Mawson Station. Glenn Jacobson.

Observe the guidelines for approaching wildlife.

Take every precaution not to introduce the risk of diseases.

  • Do not take any poultry products into the field.
  • Do not feed any wildlife, such as skuas, or leave any food scraps around outside. Scraps encourage dependence on free feeds, and also carry the risk of disease.
  • Do not leave frozen grey water unprotected outside. Skuas eat anything!
  • Take care when travelling between field sites. Make sure you clean your boots, clothes, vehicles and equipment between each site to minimise the likelihood of carrying disease from one site to another. Take particular care when moving between wildlife colonies. Unusual animal mortalities, although rare, have been observed amongst Antarctic wildlife. It is always possible that such phenomena are caused by disease introduced or spread by humans.