The Little Rock Zoo has announced its fourth African penguin chick successfully hatched on September 11.
the zoo's last three penguin chicks, this latest one was hatched by
penguins Mary Beth and Roy and foster parented by penguins Skipper and
Eze. Skipper and Eze are parents to the Zoo's last three chicks.
new penguin, a male, weighed only 2.3 ounces when born. He now weighs
six pounds and is growing strong. Penguin chicks grow quickly when they
are first hatched and if they are healthy.
The chick will not be
on exhibit until it is old enough to swim on its own. In the meantime,
he enjoys lounging on the steps of the Laura P. Nichols Penguin Pointe
According to the zoo, the birth of this penguin is a
significant achievement in conservation because of the genetic makeup of
penguins Mary Beth and Roy. Mary Beth and Roy were recommended to breed
by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan
(SSP). The SSP is a conservation program of AZA that aims to protect and
conserve endangered and threatened species.
The African penguin
is an endangered species whose population has declined more than 95
percent since preindustrial times. The African penguin is threatened by
oil spills, overfishing, and climate change.
World threw a birthday party for one of their oldest residents. Fat Boy
is turning 31 years-old. Staff wanted to honor this achievement
because it’s so rare for African penguins to live this long.
Stephanie Nagle the Education Coordinator at Gulf World was on hand for the celebration.
is a little bit older so he is calmer than the others. He is the only
male in our habitat, so the other females are a little bit more active
than he is, but he still very healthy and we hope to celebrate many more
birthdays in the future,” says Nagle.
Gulf World is home to many different aquatic animals including penguins. Fat Boy is an African Black-Footed Penguin. This species is on the endangered list, so staff used today as an opportunity to educate the public on how to help the animal.
to Gulf World trainers, picking up liter on the beach to reducing the
amount of water you use everyday are ways to help Fat Boy and his family
live on forever.
One admirer loves the penguin for all kinds of reasons.
"I like how they can swim and dive. They are cool animals but just weird little birds,” says Bennett Schneider.
The young boy has a life-threatening illness that requires him to
receive a blood transfusion every two weeks, but his family says the one
thing that gets him through all those doctor appointments is his love
for these aquatic animals.
"He likes that the penguins are like a family like us," said Omar's mother Vanessa Molina. Make-a-Wish Arizona volunteers said Omar's wish to "hug a penguin"
was unusual, but they knew they had to make it happen. So when they
scheduled the family's vacation, they left room for two whole days
behind the scenes at Seaworld in Orlando, Florida.
Watch the video above to see Omar's wish come true!
Occasionally, even the most slovenly types are forced to wipe down the odd surface *sad face*.
And now you can put a bit of sparkle into the dullest of chores with the penguin multi-surface floor cleaning cover.
You may not have ever realised you needed it, but seeing this little
stuffed penguin gliding across your floors as you clean may just
brighten up the most menial of tasks.
The cuddly cover can be used with virtually any old mop – the hole in
its torso lets you slide it over the mop handle. Then, it will glide
over your tiled/wooden floors with ease, like a penguin on ice.
The cover is sold by Japanese online shop Felissimo for around £20 plus postage.
When you’re not mopping the floors (which, yeah, is basically all the
time), or don’t actually own a mop – because Flash wipes – it also
doubles up as a tissue box.
Most pointless invention ever? Very possibly. But, for some reason, we still sort of want one. source
Penguins might be regarded as cute, comedic characters
because of the bumbling manner in which they walk, but these
birds have been shaped not by the air or land, but by the
sea. ''Even Ferrari can't design a shape as efficient,'' Prof
Lloyd Spencer Davis says. Any creature that has to spend a lot of time moving through a
dense medium such as water is likely to have been shaped by
evolution into a spindle. Such a shape reduces drag.
''A shark, a seal, a penguin - there might be slight
differences to their form - but in essence they are all
battling the same problem: drag,'' Davis writes in Professor
Penguin. ''They can have coefficients of drag that are better than we
can design with all our computers ... but as a consequence of
reducing the drag, they have these short legs. Natural history documentaries often mock penguins because
of the way they move on land, yet you'd never say about
(champion sprinter Usain Bolt), 'well, he sleeps in a funny
Two of the most recognisable characteristics of penguins -
the way they walk and the way they dress - are a consequence
of their evolution to become diving birds that hunt in open
oceans. ''Penguins walk upright because their legs have been much
reduced in an effort to reduce drag. In essence, penguins
have such short legs that they end up walking upright on what
are essentially their anklebones. The waddling gait of penguins is not the best means of
moving on land. It is just one of the compromises that
penguins have had to accept on land in order to rule beneath
Davis points out that penguins' coloration, too, is more
dictated by the requirements of life in water than by those
of life on the land. ''They are open-ocean predators, feeding on krill, fish and
squid. They are also open-ocean prey, being fed on by the
likes of seals, and sometimes the odd whale or shark, too, if
some of the stories are to be believed. In the ocean there is
nowhere to hide, either for sneaking up on prey or for
evading predators. Camouflage comes in the form of the two-tone suit worn by
most oceanic dwellers: dark on top to blend in with the
depths when seen from above, light on the bottom to blend in
with the surface when seen from below. It is the dominant fashion of the water-obsessed:
barracuda, tuna, great white sharks, killer whales,
In short, Davis notes, penguins may look like they are
wearing tuxedos but, really, they go to the same tailors as
all other open-ocean predators.
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.
Location of Torgersen Island
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