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Dyan "The Penguin Lady" deNapoli        

Penguin Expert, TED Speaker, & Award-Winning Author of "The Great Penguin Rescue"

Dyan deNapoli is a penguin expert, a TED and Nat Geo speaker, and an award-winning author. While working as a Senior Penguin Aquarist at Boston’s prestigious New England Aquarium, deNapoli flew to South Africa to serve as a rehabilitation manager during the rescue of 40,000 penguins from the Treasure oil spill. Her book about this remarkable event, The Great Penguin Rescue, was published by Simon & Schuster’s Free Press in 2010.

Dyan has spoken at four TEDx conferences, and her TEDxBoston talk about the world’s largest and most successful animal rescue is featured on TED.com. In 2013, she wrote and narrated a video about penguin conservation for TED-Ed, the educational branch of TED. DeNapoli – also known as The Penguin Lady - has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people around the globe, and her combined TED talks have had nearly one million views.

Dyan appears frequently on radio, podcasts, and TV in the US and abroad, including CNN, the BBC, and CBC Radio Canada. A 23-year veteran of public speaking, she lectures locally and internationally to children and adults about penguin biology and conservation; pursuing your dreams; mentoring; and how to give a TED talk. She has been the guest lecturer on expeditions to the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica, and was one of 76 women selected from around the world for the inaugural voyage of Homeward Bound, a leadership initiative for women-in-science held in Antarctica. Dyan is currently a lecturer for Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic on their voyages to Antarctica and South Georgia Island.


The New York Review of Books - Save a Penguin If You Can

Review of Dyan deNapoli's book, The Great Penguin Rescue, by award-winning environmental author Tim Flannery.

When oil gushes into the ocean, the consequences can be indelible. Individuals, ecosystems, even entire communities can be devastated, never to return to what they were before. Yet there are people who rush into the danger zone, for no other reason than to assist the wild creatures caught up in the slick. Dyan deNapoli’s book The Great Penguin Rescue tells the story of the largest wildlife rescue ever mounted.

Review of The Great Penguin Rescue in The Birder's Library

Review of The Great Penguin Rescue in The Birder's Library by Grant McCreary.

You may have seen the news recently of an oil spill in Tristan da Cunha threatening the endangered Northern Rockhopper Penguin. And I’m sure you heard of a little spill in the Gulf of Mexico not too long ago. But are you aware of an oil spill in South Africa a decade ago that threatened to wipe out an entire penguin species? Not to worry if you aren’t, I wasn’t either until I read The Great Penguin Rescue.

Boston Globe - To The Rescue, by Joel Brown

When 19,000 penguins faced death, The Penguin Lady flew from Georgetown to help. Now she tells the tale.

"You really wouldn’t want a penguin as a pet", Dyan deNapoli said, laughing as if to add, you have no idea. “They smell to high heaven, and they bite, and they’re not happy if they’re alone. They need to be with lots of other penguins,’’ she said. But deNapoli loves those little birds, despite bearing scars from their razor-sharp beaks. And the adventure of her life came in 2000, when she joined in delivering hands-on care to 19,000 oil-soaked African penguins. Then working at the New England Aquarium, deNapoli was one of the experts who led thousands of volunteers in a desperate rush to save the birds after an oil spill off Cape Town, South Africa, steering the species back from the brink of disaster.

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