Current conventional oil cleaning methods for wildlife require detergent, hot water (which is seldom available in remote locations), and significant human labour. The Penguin Foundation will develop a new oil cleaning method using magnetic iron particles to remove oil from wildlife, addressing the global need for a safer, faster, more environmentally friendly, humane, and portable oil cleaning technology. In three years, the Penguin Foundation will deploy a fully-tested, ethically-sound and operational oil removal kit. This will improve the survival of thousands of sea birds (up to 100,000 estimated to be contaminated with oil) and reduce the cost of labour-intensive wildlife oil cleaning and rehabilitation by up to $3 million each year.
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