07:30 today AMWRRO was notified by the South Australian Police that a
Little Penguin was found at Middleton beach in need of help. The bird
was very unsteady on its feet and was disorientated.
The bird was housed at a local address whilst a rescue crew attended to collect the bird. On
admission the bird was unable to open its eyes due to a heavy load of
sand that was caked on by blood; once cleaned the full extent of her
injuries were revealed. The young female had several open wounds
covering her head and around her eyes caused by a dog attack.
this is something seen all too often at AMWRRO, this year we have
recorded over 22 penguins maimed by off leash dogs and these are the
suspects hundreds more would fall victim each year but are never found
or, are killed either by the dog itself or by savaging foxes whilst
hiding in sand dunes at night. This Little Penguin has been named Amber and she is finally recovering from her ordeal but is still in a critical condition.
the African Penquin is getting the once over from the kids during the
presentation at the Staten Island Zoo auditorium. (Staten Island
Advance/Hilton Flores) Hilton Flores
Virginia N. Sherry
July 21, 2014
WEST BRIGHTON --
Checkers the African penguin puts on a show at the Staten Island Zoo
A waddling female penguin named Checkers charmed animal-loving children and adults at the Staten Island Zoo Sunday afternoon.
Hatched 19 years ago, the short little aquatic bird starred in
educational presentations in the Zoo's auditorium, focused on penguin
biology, geography, and behavior, courtesy of Jenkinson's Aquarium Penguin Habitat in Point Pleasant, N.J.
Laura Graziano, a curator at the Aquarium who handled Checkers and
delivered the informative presentations, urged the audience to be as
quiet as possible. "Penguins have excellent hearing, better than ours," she said.
In introducing Checkers, she explained that her breed, the African
penguin, is native to South Africa, where temperatures are between 60
and 70 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, dispelling the commonly held
assumptions that penguins thrive only in frigid climates.
Another fact: "All wild penguins live in environments at the bottom half of the
world, south of the Equator," Ms. Graziano explained. None inhabit the
Arctic, Alaska or the northern reaches of Canada. "Polar bears and
penguins never see each other in the wild," she commented. Most penguins live in Antarctica, and others in places such as Australia and South American, she said.
The audience also learned that penguins are birds that do not fly, and use their small wings as flippers, for swimming. Penguins do not have teeth, and swallow their food -- fish and shrimp -- whole because the birds cannot chew. Penguin feathers are "very tiny," Ms. Graziano added, providing both warmth and water proofing.
A last fact: "Penguins grow very big very fast, and reach full size
in three or four months. The smallest breed of penguins weights one to
two pounds, and the largest about 90 pounds," the curator said. source
Otago's yellow-eyed penguins are the winners and
endangered Maui's and Hector's dolphins on the North Island's
east coast the losers in the latest round of observer programme
The Department of Conservation released its conservation
services programme plan recently, outlining the observer
programme for New Zealand's commercial fisheries for 2014-15.
University of Otago marine scientist Liz Slooten said the
increase in observer days by 77 to 2487 made for an
''ineffective observer programme.'' ''What needs to happen in the inshore fishery is that number
needs to be doubled or trebled.''
Added to that was the shift of observer hours from one
fishery to another, and in some cases to fisheries that had
no impact on Maui's or Hector's dolphins, such as on the west
coast of the North Island, she said. There appeared to be no clear rationale for the move or for
why some fisheries were observed 25% of the time and others
65% of the time, she said.
For the trawl fishery on the east coast of the North Island,
only 25% observer coverage was planned, yet there was less
protection for the dolphins from the fishery in that area. ''It's really urgent we find out the impact on dolphins and
sea lions in the inshore trawl fisheries.''
The Government did not appear to be listening to its
scientists' advice, which stated they could not establish an
accurate estimate of dolphin by-catch in those areas because
of a lack of information, she said.
However, the east and south coasts of the South Island
benefited from these changes, with observers to monitor
penguin interactions 65% of the time along the east coast set
net fishery and 100% of the time in the small inshore
Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust field officer Dave McFarlane was
pleased with the observer coverage assigned to Otago's
yellow-eyed penguin foraging and breeding areas along the
coast from Waitaki to Slope Point, and from Stewart Island to
The trust had been saying for many years more information was
needed on set-net fishing impacts on penguins as the
population declined and faced challenges related to the sea
such as starvation. ''These are not helped by by-catch. There is a clear need for
this,'' he said.
Ministry for Primary Industries inshore fisheries manager
Steve Halley said coverage decisions were informed by many
processes, including previous observer data, ministerial
decisions and available risk assessments, the nature of the
fishing activity, potential overlap with the protected
species and the likely risk of an interaction occurring.
For Maui's dolphins, ministerial decisions informed observer
coverage, including mandatory observer coverage on commercial
set-net vessels around Taranaki and an increase in observer
coverage of the trawl fishery on the west coast of the North
Island from 25% in the first year to 100% in four years'
time, Mr Halley said.
Living Coasts has sent 20 penguins to Eastern Europe as part of
a major new initiative. The coastal conservation charity has donated
the birds to Tblisi Zoo in the former Soviet republic of Georgia to
start a brand new colony.
Living Coasts Operations Manager Clare Rugg explained:
"They have built a penguin exhibit from scratch with our advice and
input – we have been working with them because they have just joined
EAZA, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, the body which
represents top zoological collections across Europe. This is the first
EAZA move to Georgia."
Georgia is in the Caucasus region, at the crossroads of
Asia and Europe, with the Black Sea to the West, Russia to the north and
Turkey to the south. Tbilisi is the capital.
For Clare, the move is as much about bureaucracy as birds.
As well as making all the transport arrangements (as the receiving
collection, Tblisi Zoo pays this particular bill) and satisfying the
complexities of Georgian law, she has to work her way through a range of
animal welfare and conservation measures.
There's TRACES (Trade Control and Expert System), a
web-based veterinarian certification tool used by the European Union for
controlling the import and export of live animals; she also needs to
clear the move through CITES (the Convention on International Trade in
Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), the international agreement
that ensures that international trade in specimens of wild animals and
plants does not threaten their survival. "The paperwork is what takes the time! For a new country
you have to find out what the government veterinary authorities require
for the birds to move into that country. We also need to know what
health tests the zoo requires. We need to send the computerized ARKS -
Animal Record Keeping System - records of the birds to the person
organising the move in Georgia."
Keepers from Tbilisi Zoo visited Living Coasts in November 2013 to learn penguin husbandry methods.
The African penguins – about half and half male and female -
travelled the 3,000 miles from the English Riviera to the mountainous
Caucasus region by road, sea and air. They made the journey with
specialist animal carrier EKIPA in crates especially designed to meet
their welfare needs as set out by the International Air Transport
Association (IATA), the trade association of airlines. The key is to
keep the birds cool and as stress free as possible on the long journey;
there were fish and a water spray available en route.
Clare: "It's sad to see them go, but exciting to think we are a part of this new venture."
The penguins arrived safely in Tbilisi. Zoo keeper Giorgi
Darcho reported: "They all appear well and enjoy swimming in the pool.
We believe that the penguin exhibit will be the most popular and
attractive area in our zoo. We would like to thank everybody who was
involved in the process of transfer, arranged all the necessary papers
and gave us valuable recommendations. We will try our best that the
birds enjoy living at Tbilisi Zoo and inspire our visitors to care for
Three Month Old Penguin Takes First
Pictures: Jeremy Durkin
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Baby’s first swim is an anxious time for
any parent, but a three-month-old youngster at Great Yarmouth Sea Life
Centre took to it like… well, a penguin to water!
Three Month Old Penguin Takes First
Pictures: Jeremy Durkin
centre’s first Humboldt penguin chick for three years had been eyeing
the colony’s pool with impatience during the recent heatwave. “They don’t swim until their plumage has gained an essential natural waterproofing,” explained curator Christine Pitcher. “But
it’s been obvious for several days our newest penguin addition was
itching to take the plunge, and at times its parents Mumbles and Woody
seemed to be physically blocking its path.” The chick, whose gender will not be known until a DNA test is carried out in August, finally dived in on Monday.
Three Month Old Penguin Takes First
Pictures: Jeremy Durkin
successful fledging is yet another success for a captive breeding
programme which may one day help replenish the steadily shrinking wild
penguin at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, is one of three penguins the
zoo uses for education programs. Those penguins will be housed in a
separate building from the rest of the flock at the new exhibit, and the
zoo aims to grow that group to as many as eight penguin ambassadors.
Winnie, one of
the zoo's penguin ambassadors used for educational programming, kicks
off a tour of the penguins' new exhibit with zoo President Donald P.
Hutchinson, right, and an animal handler.
The $11 million Penguin Coast exhibit will open to the public Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. after two years of construction.
Penguins swim in the moat at their current habitat, Rock Island. The new exhibit will bring visitors much closer to the birds.
The new exhibit
puts as much emphasis on animal care as it does the visitor experience.
While the penguins' current holding area is cave-like and poorly
ventilated, their new building includes plenty of natural light and
The pool at the
new exhibit will be filled with 185,000 gallons of water within the next
few weeks after the concrete is painted to simulate the type of coastal
environment where South African penguins would live in the wild.
The Maryland Zoo
is the primary supplier of South African penguins for other zoos
throughout the country. The new exhibit will help the zoo expand its
penguin breeding program, and the zoo hopes to grow its own penguin
population from 60 to 100 birds.
Karl Kranz, the zoo's vice president for animal programs and chief operations officer, leads a tour of the new penguin exhibit.
Jul 18, 2014
Sarah Meehan, Reporter- Baltimore Business Journal
When the South African penguins move into their new
exhibit at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, their caretakers will no
longer have to squeeze through underground tunnels to reach the birds.
The new $11 million exhibit, set to open Sept. 27, puts as much emphasis on the animals’ living conditions and care as it does the visitors’ experience.
Penguin Coast will bring the penguins out of their current cave-like
home, Rock Island — a minimalist exhibit with a dark, musty holding area
— where the penguins have lived for more than 50 years. At the same
time, the new exhibit will also get guests closer to the penguins than
they’ve ever been before.
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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