Monday, August 3, 2015

#Penguins of the Day

Gentu Penguin 

Gentoo Penguins by Derek

#Penguins at the Kansas City Zoo

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.


What Happens When You Strap a Camera to the Back of a Penguin? (video)

Published on Aug 3, 2015
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.

See how Move was made and other Never Before Seen films at

Fishery Closure Supported Robben Island #Penguin Recovery

03 August 2015
SOUTH 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 found.

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 debate.

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.

Top image credit: © Davide Gaglio


Sunday, August 2, 2015

#Penguin of the Day

Rock Hopper Penguin 

Rock Hopper Penguin by Derek

San Francisco Zoo penguins graduate from 'Fish School'


A male and female penguin graduated from the San Francisco Zoos Fish School on Saturday, August 1, 2015.
A male and female penguin graduated from the San Francisco Zoo's "Fish School" on Saturday, August 1, 2015. (San Francisco Zoo/Vine)
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.


This Week's Pencognito!


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Who doesn't love a penguin chick? (video)

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Aug 01, 2015  Osaka, Japan - 

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.
Baby 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.


Nose pegs handed out at Chessington Zoo due to penguin poo smell

Guests given free pegs at tourist attraction
By Roshina Jowaheer

nose pegs at zoo
Solent News/REX Shutterstock

Staff at Chessington World of Adventures Resort's zoo are handing out free nose pegs to visitors because their new penguin enclosure has an unbearable stench.

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 feeding time!


#Penguins of the Day

Emperor Chicks, Snow Hill Island Emperor Penguin Rookery, Antarctica 

Emperor Chicks, Snow Hill Island Emperor Penguin Rookery, Antarctica by Geoff Edwards

Friday, July 31, 2015