KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At the Kansas City Zoo, they know how to chill.
The Helzberg Penguin Plaza was competed in 2014 and cost $15 million.
The exhibit features four types of penguins: Humboldt, King, Genstoo
and Rockhopper. The 13 warm-water penguins have an area outside in which to play,
while the cold-water penguins are kept indoors in an area that is
constantly 45 degrees. There are about 50 penguins in the inside exhibit, where they have an
area to lounge as well as swim as they would in their natural habitat,
said marketing and communications manager Sarah Gay.
A day at the zoo takes on a whole new meaning in this short film made by animals. Action Cams by Sony were mounted on the four-legged, winged and furry residents of a zoo to show us what it’s like for the creatures watching the humans that are watching them.
How it was made: Various harnesses were customized to attach the Action Cam to penguins, lemurs, tortoises and a rhinoceros. A remote control boat allowed the camera to see from a crocodile’s POV while an indestructible box kept it safe in the powerful hands of the gorillas. One camera even survived a head toss by a rhinoceros which made for some interesting footage as well.
AFRICA - Survival of endangered African penguin chicks increased by 18
per cent following a trial three-year fishery closure around Robben
Island in South Africa, a new study from the University of Exeter has
The results, which are published in the Royal Society Journal Biology Letters, indicate that even small 'no-take zones' can dramatically improve the survival chances of endangered species.
The African penguin population is in freefall, with adult survival
rates over the last decade desperately low. Although the ban on
commercial fishing off Robben Island has boosted chick survival, the
long term prospect for the species remains gloomy.
Dr Richard Sherley from the University of Exeter said: "One of the
major challenges of conserving a mobile species like the African penguin
is that once they leave a protected area they are subject to outside
pressures and dangers, including poor prey availability.
"Our study shows that small no-take zones can aid the survival of
African penguin chicks, but ultimately commercial fishing controls must
be combined with other management action if we are to reverse the
dramatic decline of this charismatic species."
African penguins feed on sardines and anchovies but fishing of these
species off Cape Town is considered to have contributed to a 69 per cent
reduction in penguin numbers between 2001 and 2013.
The species' worsening conservation status led to experimental
fishing closures around four colonies between 2008 and 2014. These were
earlier found to reduce penguin foraging effort but a beneficial impact
on demographic parameters had not been demonstrated before this study
and so the benefits of the closures have been the subject of much
Although this study has shown that the fishery closure around Robben
Island has improved chick survival, if the current fishing pressure
exerted on sardine in particular continues on the west coast there will
still not be sufficient food to allow the penguin population to recover.
Seabirds will often respond to a scarcity of food by skipping or
abandoning breeding, opting not to re-lay after losing clutches of eggs,
or reducing the amount of food brought to the chicks leading to slow
growth, poor chick condition and mortality through starvation. African
penguins have shown all of these responses in recent years.
1501 nests were monitored at Robben Island between 2001 and 2013 to
determine chick survival rates and a hydro-acoustic survey was carried
out to estimate sardine and anchovy biomass.
A male and female penguin graduated from the San Francisco Zoo's
"Fish School" on Saturday, August 1, 2015. (San Francisco Zoo/Vine)
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) --
The San Francisco Zoo's cutest tradition continued Saturday with their March of the Penguins. A Vine video from the zoo shows two of the newest chicks shuffling through a crowd. One is a male and the other is a female.
The march commemorates the penguins' graduation from what the zoo calls "Fish School." Zookeepers teach penguin chicks how to swim, accept food from staff, and eat whole fish.
A cuddly baby penguin is drawing crowds at an
aquarium in Osaka, Japan. The long-tailed Gentoo penguin was born July
20th. The chick weighs almost one pound and measures 6 inches tall.
penguins usually spend their first weeks hiding their heads in their
mother's tummy. This is the third penguin born this year at the zoo.
Customers at the tourist attraction have been complaining about the
fishy smell and zoo staff were quick to come up with a solution.
Not only do the flightless birds consume huge quantities of the fish but
they use their faeces - or guano - to line their nests, which is adding
to the odour and causing a number of disgruntled guests to moan.
Now thanks to the introduction of brightly coloured pegs, visitors can
enjoy the resort's new Penguin Bay without the undesirable smell.
Jamie Mainds, Zoo Experience Supervisor at Chessington World of
Adventures, said: "We have had a few comments from our guests going
through the new walkthrough about the fishy smell - especially during
The Penguin Camera is located on Torgersen Island (64°46’S, 64°04’W), off the coast of Anvers Island and less than a mile from Palmer Station. Torgersen Island is home to a colony of Adélie penguins numbering approximately 2,500. This camera is seasonal and operates primarily from October to February, the Adélie breeding season. The camera is solar-powered and may sometimes experience brief outages due to inclement weather. School classrooms and other educational demonstrations will often take control of the camera, moving it to gain better views of the colony.
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