Central Park Zoo debuts 4 new King penguins and revamped polar habitat
Originally Published:Wednesday, February 17th 2010, 4:48 PM
Finkelstein for NewsThe Central Park Zoo's four newest stars, King Penguins, introduce themselves to a neighbor.
At 30 inches, the Kings tower over the other penguins. Slappy is the largest at 36 pounds. He eats more than 100 capelins a day. "He is definitely the leader," Sailer said. "The other day they were walking, he stopped short and they all ran into him." If all goes well, the Wildlife Conservation Society will start hunting for some lady penguins to join them. "First, let's see how they do," Sailer said. "They are a little young."
Meanwhile, the rest of the penguin crowd is gearing up for an active - and noisy - breeding season. "They are checking each other out and pairing up," Sailer said, as he watched the penguins eyeball each other and squawk. "It gets so loud in here, it's almost unbearable," he said with a laugh.