Patagonian penguin alters migration each year to visit the man who saved his life

Profile picture of

View Profile All Posts
8th Feb 2016
Written by: Will Jones

Penguin pal visits saviour each year

Five years ago, a retired bricklayer called Joao Pereira de Souza found a penguin drenched in oil on the beach near his home in Brazil. Realising the bird would be doomed if left unaided, Joao took him home, cleaned him up and fed him sardines. And named him Jingjing.

Once Jingjing had regathered his strength, his kindly saviour took him back out to sea and released him back into his natural environment. Job well done.

Except when Joao returned home from his rehabilitation mission, Jingjing was already there patiently waiting for him. And so began a five year friendship that endures to this day. A penguin pal, if you like.

Jingjing is a Magellanic penguin (named after the famous explorer who first sighted them in 1520) and native to Patagonia in the far south of South America. His species migrate thousands of miles north each year to warmer climes, which explains how he was discovered in Brazil, before returning south to their breeding grounds.

Jingjing still heads south each year to create Jingjing juniors but always returns to Joao, and spends anything up to eight months a year with his human friend.


Fiji Shark Conservation

from £1145

7 - 140 days


This project is ideal for anyone with an interest in these misunderstood animals. Join the Fiji Shark Project, helping to...

China to Singapore Group Tour

from £2375

73 days

Cambodia, China, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thaila...

Travel like a local and experience the wonders of South East Asia, from the hustel and bustle of its chaotic...

In-Class TEFL Course in Singapore

from £1345

20 days


Join our 4-week TEFL in-class course in Singapore and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign language.

School Assistant in New Zealand

from £1900

150 - 330 days

New Zealand

Schools Assistants in New Zealand have varied and exciting roles working in either a day or boarding school, as you...

International Environmental Internship In Indonesia

from £1035

30 days


As Asia develops as a region, the environment becomes an increasing global concern.

Au Pair in New Zealand

from £450

90 - 360 days

New Zealand

Discover our enchanting landscapes and famous hospitality as you experience life in one of the world's most popular travel destinations....

Midwifery Internships in Peru

from £585

28 - 168 days


Based in the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, affordable internships in Cusco offer something for everyone!

Special Needs Care Internships in Peru

from £395

14 - 168 days


Based in the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, affordable internships in Cusco offer something for everyone!

Combined TEFL Course Florida

from £935

5 days

United States of America

Join our 5-day combined TEFL course in Orlando and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign language.

Volunteer with Monkeys in Ecuador

from £809

14 - 84 days


Help out at a primate rescue centre located on the edge of the Amazon rainforest!


Machu Picchu and the Amazon

from £1649

Introduce yourself to the best of Peru’s natural wonders and local culture on a 10-day adventure. Get in touch with...

Vic Falls to Gorillas

from £4785

Looking to experience the very best that East Africa has to offer? Look no further than this all-encompassing journey from...

Highlights of Tanzania

from £790

Make like Dora and get ready to explore the vast wilderness of Tanzania on this once-in-a-lifetime safari adventure. Starting in...

Kenya Overland Adventure

Beginning and ending in Nairobi, this 6-day adventure offers up wild Kenya on a budget. Track the Big Five across...

Ecuador Mainland & the Galápagos Islands

from £2259

If you’re already exploring Ecuador on terra firma you’re this close to the eco-lover's paradise: The Galápagos, so we’ve brought...

Peru Multisport

from £1495

How do you improve a trip that already includes the Sacred Valley, the Inca Trail and Lake Titicaca? Throw in...

Kruger Experience – Lodge (3 days)

from £560

No holiday to South Africa would be complete without a safari - a chance to spot Africa's Big Five and...

Utah Parks Circuit

from £905

It may only be the USA's thirteenth largest state, but Utah packs more into its 200,000 square kilometres than most...

Walking Annapurna

from £495

Travel to Nepal and hike through the Annapurnas, one of the most naturally beautiful and remote regions on the planet,...

Spitsbergen, East Greenland and Iceland

from £6100

Dramatic coastlines, glimmering fjords, wild creatures that take your breath away – the three Arctic islands of this 13-day trip...

[contact-form-7 id="4" title="Contact form 1"]