There are about 60 breeding pairs left in the areas around Sydney,
but conservations aren't sure the exact number, nor where they are. So
scientists are turning to one of the penguin's biggest threats to
actually help save the day.
Spaniel Enlisted to Find Little Penguins
English springer spaniel named Eco has been trained by the NSW Parks
and Wildlife Services to sniff out a colony of little penguins on
Sydney's North Head.
Meet Eco. Eco is a young English Springer Spaniel that has been
specially trained to find and alert to the endangered birds, but not
"It's just making her understand that penguins are not to be
touched," said trainer Steve Austin, "and it's something to be alerted
to. And the reward (throwing a tennis ball) only comes when she alerts."
Finding and conserving the birds is so diffcult, ranger Melanie Tyas
said, because they stay hidden in burrows and crevices in rocks during
the day and only come out at night. With the help of eco, rangers can
find the birds, tag them if necessary, and get a better handle on where
the local population lives and whether the population is stable or
"We don't know the full extent of the population or where all the birds are," Tyas said.
This is a pilot program, but it's shown signs of success. If it
continues to go well, the hope is to expand the program to use dogs in
projects to conserve other endangered species.
HAPPY FEET: New pens have become available to house the penguins long-term while their environment is cleared of oil.
The first Rena-refugee penguins are being moved into their flash new
digs near Tauranga, but their accommodation has had to be fitted with
protection from stoats, rats and cats.
More than 300 little blue penguins are at the Rena Oiled Wildlife
Recovery centre and new pens have just become available to house the
birds long-term while their environment is cleared of oil.
Yesterday the first penguins moved in to an enclosure featuring a shallow pool with ramps and two large standing spaces.
They will also have a wildlife specialist on hand in case anything goes wrong.
"We get the occasional dumb penguin that has to be pushed towards
the ramp [out of the water]," said centre manager Brett Gartrell.
Because the makeshift refuge is close to Tauranga's tip, predator
traps for rats and stoats and live traps for household cats have been
Behind the penguin pens are purpose-built aviaries for the 60
dotterels captured as an "insurance population" when oil threatened
their breeding grounds in the sand.
As it is breeding season they are territorial and have had to be housed individually.
Gartrell said that if the birds were released within a month they
could re-pair and breed. Any longer than that, and a breeding season
would be lost. But it was better to lose a breeding season than to lose
the birds. The dotterel is an endangered species and only about 1700
remain in the wild.
Five penguin enclosures have been completed in Tauranga and five more are under construction.
enclosures at the Wildlife Response Centre at Mount Maunganui will
house the birds until it is safe for them to be released into the
Alternate Wildlife Response Centre manager Curt
Clumpner says the penguins are taking to the enclosures like, well,
penguins to water.
He says they have pools to swim in and can socialise with the others now they're cleaned and healthy.
Three hundred and 88 live birds being cared for at the centre.
On close watch: The two-week-old penguin chicks, who lost one of their parents in a dog attack.
Chicks' lives on line after parent killed
Mahana veterinarian Mana Stratton is battling to save the lives of a
penguin family after a dog attack at Split Apple near Kaiteriteri
robbed the chicks of a parent, and the remaining adult of a critical
Ms Stratton, who works as a Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry vet
and has expertise in the care of exotic animals and marine wildlife, is
keeping an around-the-clock watch on the two little blue penguin chicks
and the remaining parent. She believes the parent is the mother,
judging by its behaviour and beak.
"I call it the mother but without DNA sex testing, I can't be sure."
Penguin chicks relied on both parents, Ms Stratton said.
The birds were brought to her early last week by staff from the
Department of Conservation's Motueka office. The chicks, now just under
two weeks old, were found alone after one of the parents was killed by a
dog and the other disappeared.
DOC Motueka area manager Martin Rodd said a family on the beach at
Split Apple found the dead penguin and the chicks in their nest, and
called DOC. They were advised to leave the chicks in the nest, because
DOC staff assumed the other penguin parent would be nearby.
DOC staff returned to the site two days later and found that the
parent had returned to the chicks. All the birds were delivered to Ms
Survival now rests on the adult penguin being able to regain the
weight it is currently losing, and the delicate care needed to ensure
the family can re-adapt to a marine environment.
The adult penguin was fed fish fillets, and has now moved on to more
fattening salmon smolt from Nelson-based New Zealand King Salmon. The
company has come to the rescue of several endangered penguins, including
emperor penguin Happy Feet, which dined on the delicacy.
Ms Stratton is doing the job for love, helped by her mum Francis,
who provides back-up feeding duties. Support is also provided by
Natureland educator Roger Waddell, who runs the zoo's bird
Ms Stratton said the chicks would need to be "nursed" to a stage where they were ready to fledge.
"That's when the parents sing to them and say, `You're off'. I also
have to get all three through a swim test, where they are able to swim
for a minimum three hours to ensure their coats are waterproof."
Penguins in captivity could lose this life-saving preening mechanism, Ms Stratton said.
Mr Rodd said DOC had passed information about the dog incident to
the Tasman District Council, which was following some leads.
Actors Damon and Pitt Give Tiny Krill Big Exposure in New "Happy Feet" Sequel
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2011
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tiny krill are about to take centre stage at
the 30th Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living
Resources (CCAMLR) meeting, where governments will consider greater
protection for the shrimplike crustaceans that are the building blocks
of the Antarctic food chain. The attention these little animals receive
will be amplified in mid-November, when the sequel to the film "Happy
Feet" opens, with Matt Damon and Brad Pitt playing krill characters.
a largely unknown but critical ocean species, are the primary food
source for penguins, whales, and seals in the Southern Ocean. However,
demand for these animals as feed for industrially farmed fish and to
produce high-value oils used in nutritional supplements is triggering an
expansion of the fishery beyond a level that its population can
sustain. Left unchecked, krill fishing in certain areas could outpace
efforts to protect the well-known species that depend on it.
"It is perfect timing that two of Hollywood's biggest names are portraying the smallest actors in one of the world's most pristine ocean ecosystems," says Gerald Leape,
a senior officer at the Pew Environment Group. "Existing efforts to
regulate krill catch must be sustained and enforced, so that animals
such as penguins and seals are not competing against industrial fishing
vessels just to survive."
the past decade, fleets from more countries have begun to fish for
krill. Some have adopted fishing technologies and methods that allow
them to catch and process this species continuously, resulting in much
higher catches. These operations, combined with accelerating loss of the
sea ice that provides essential habitat for krill, threaten to deplete
stocks in key feeding areas for penguins, seals, and whales.
From 24 October - 4 November 2011,
CCAMLR, a regional fisheries management organization whose mandate is
to conserve the marine life of the Southern Ocean, is meeting in Hobart,
Tasmania, Australia. Its 25 member governments include the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, the European Union, China, South Korea, Russia, Ukraine, Norway, and Japan.
The Pew Environment Group is asking CCAMLR delegates at this month's meeting to:
Require observers on all krill-fishing vessels.
Set up a dedicated fund to monitor populations of krill predators.
smaller sub-area divisions of the ocean to manage krill, in order to
prevent local depletions that will harm animals such as penguins.
Pew Environment Group is the conservation arm of The Pew Charitable
Trusts, a nongovernmental organization that works globally to establish
pragmatic, science-based policies that protect our oceans, preserve our
wildlands, and promote clean energy. For more information, visit www.PewEnvironment.org.
to a recent 2011 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences, which was funded by the Lenfest Ocean Program, the
availability of krill is likely to explain changes in penguin abundance.
Adelie ("ice-loving") and chinstrap ("ice-avoiding") penguin species
have declined by more than 50 percent in the South Shetland Islands
region of the Antarctic since the 1970s. If warming continues, winter
sea-ice may disappear from much of this region and exacerbate krill and
penguin declines. More on the Lenfest Ocean Program penguin study can be
found at http://lenfestocean.org/sites/default/files/lenfest_rs_penguin_final.pdf .
have an exotic appearance, with a translucent, reddish shell and large
black eyes. They spend most of their 5-7 year life span in huge schools
or "swarms," living in concentrations so dense and vast that they cover
kilometers in every direction with as many as 30,000 per cubic meter.
A Warner Bros. movie still of krill is available for publishing. A photo of penguins is also available.
first "Happy Feet" movie had a strong conservation message. The main
character, a penguin named Mumble, seeks an explanation for a dramatic
fish shortage and discovers that humans are wreaking havoc on his kind
by overfishing the oceans.
by Genevieve Helliwell |
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The race is on to complete specialised penguin enclosures that will give hundreds of birds a new lease on life.
By lunchtime today (Thursday) builders will have completed six specialised penguin enclosures, each measuring 6m x 9m.
About a dozen builders, predominantly from DWYERtech Services, aim to
finish four more enclosures by the end of next week for long-term care
of the 314 penguins at the Wildlife Rescue Centre at Te Maunga.
Each enclosure can house up to 30 penguins and includes a large pool
where penguins can swim and play, as well as large communal areas where
they can preen and feed.
Wildlife Recovery Centre facility manager Bill Dwyer and his team began
building the first penguin enclosure on Sunday and had begun five more
He is in charge of deciding where buildings and tents will be erected
at the Wildlife Recovery Centre - a role he's had since Rena struck the
Astroblabe Reef, leaking its fuel into the ocean three weeks ago.
The enclosures are made with three tiers of materials - polyethylene
plastic sheets layered underneath plastic pellets with a thin layer of
tubing so it doesn't hurt the penguins' feet, Mr Dwyer said.
Mr Dwyer said he wasn't sure how long the birds would remain inside the
enclosures but they could be a long-term solution if necessary.
"As long as there's an issue with oil, these penguins can stay as long as they like," he said.
Until now the penguins have been living in small basket-like enclosures and moved to a pool to swim.
Working on such a task has been a challenge, as Mr Dwyer has never made
a penguin enclosure before but he said it was a rewarding experience.
He is a member of the New Zealand Wildlife Health Centre at Massey
University in Palmerston North and worked in the wildlife recovery after
the Jody F spill in 2002. However, on this occasion, there were a lot
more birds to deal with than back then.
"We didn't know how to approach this so [we] drew up a plan and sort of went from there," he said.
The 314 penguins in the Wildlife Recovery Centre get fed twice a day and eat five to seven fish at each feeding.
They also have one swim a day. This lets them condition and preen their feathers, which is crucial to their re-waterproofing.
Oiled Wildlife Response manager Kerri Morgan said it was important to
monitor the penguin's health and condition, especially at feeding times.
"Correct feeding is a critical part of the rehabilitation process and
our staff take great care when feeding the penguins," Ms Morgan said.
"We use either sprats or anchovies and need to ensure that none of the
natural oils from the fish get on the birds' feathers as this can damage
their natural waterproofing."
Ms Morgan said it was too early to tell when the penguins could be
released but the focus was on ensuring they were all healthy and
well-nourished before being released back into the wild.
She said all the penguins were "doing really well and have a great fighting spirit".
The centre now has 379 live birds in its care. The number of dead birds
stands at 1370. Investigations are being carried out on the birds to
determine if oiling was the cause of death.
Little blue penguins all cleaned up at the Oil Wildlife Centre.
Little Blue Penguins getting washed
by Genevieve Helliwell |
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Unborn baby blue penguins are being sacrificed to save their oil-covered parents.
Conservation experts are facing heart-wrenching decisions in the wake
of the Rena grounding - and rescuing penguins covered in oil means being
unable to save eggs left behind in the nests.
It is breeding season for the 200-300 breeding pairs of little blue
penguins in the Western Bay, most of which are incubating their eggs in
nests and burrows along the coastline.
However, many parent penguins coming ashore in the evening to find
their burrows have crossed rocks covered in thick tar-like oil and
Rebecca Bird, from World Wildlife Fund New Zealand, said removing an
oiled penguin would give it a chance of survival but would also
jeopardise the survival of its clutch.
"We checked on the pair of little blue penguins in the 'window nest' a
couple of nights ago and the mate was oiled so we had to take him away
to the recovery centre to be looked after. Then the next night we found
the other penguin was oiled and had to take her away.
"We hope that the birds we recover will be rehabilitated successfully
but it's heartbreaking to know that saving them means their clutch won't
be reared," she said.
In an effort to save the clutch, the team placed the eggs with another pair of penguins. But the adoptive pair rejected them.
Miss Bird is one of 140 field staff working as part of Maritime New
Zealand's oiled wildlife recovery team, under the guidance of Wildlife
field operations manager Brent Stephenson.
He said the decision to save adult penguins and leave the eggs had been
tough and many people had a hard time accepting the decision.
"Obviously, it's not an easy thing for people to do but that was one
decision we came to, based on all of the research that's around. Adult
penguins are a very important part of the population and they have a
high survival rate in normal conditions.
"The eggs and most of the young generally die in the first couple of
years into adulthood so it was far more important to look after the
adults," he said.
The team has been monitoring penguin burrows every day along Western
Bay coastline since oil began washing up on Papamoa Beach. It has also
focused on the rocky shoreline around Mauao, Leisure Island, Rabbit
Island and Maketu Peninsula, where most of the penguins nest.
Miss Bird said when team members found a penguin nest, they evaluated
the birds and decided to remove them from their nest and eggs or else
marked and checked them the next night. If they were covered in oil,
they were taken back to the wildlife recovery centre in Te Maunga to be
cleaned and rehabilitated.
Local conservation volunteer Dave Richards said some penguins were
abandoning their nests after losing their mate. "They stay on their
nests until they figure out their mate isn't coming back and eventually
they'll go and feed."
Last week, Mr Richards and other recovery team members were on Rabbit
Island (Motuotau), checking penguin nests. He said they had been
"inundated with oiled penguins".
"We were expecting the worst and we found 24 oiled penguins, seven
dead, just in the landing bay. It's not so good out here," he said.
"I never thought - it's a relatively small amount of oil - and it's already had such a devastating impact on the penguins.
"It's just heartbreaking."
Mr Richards said this year's crop of young penguins would be much lower than in previous years.
"But the good thing is that mum and dad are being saved and they'll be
released when it's safe for them and they can get back to doing what
penguins do, having more babies."
More than 300 little blue penguins have been rescued since the Rena
grounded on Astrolabe Reef. Miss Bird said their chances of survival
were high as they were resilient.
Builders are racing to finish aviaries for the long-term care
of hundreds of little blue penguins rescued following the oil spill
from the cargo ship Rena. They aim to finish three out of 10
aviaries on Tuesday for some of the 379 live birds in the care of the
Wildlife Response Centre at Mt Maunganui. The 379 captured birds
including 60 New Zealand dotterels, one shearwater, one tern, three pied
shags and 314 little blue penguins.
Nearly 1400 birds have been
found dead since the Rena ran aground off the Tauranga coast on October 5
and spilled about 350 tonnes of heavy fuel oil into the ocean. Post-mortems are being done to determine whether the birds died because of oiling. It
is too early to say when the captured penguins will be released but the
response team wants to ensure they are nourished and healthy first,
oiled wildlife response manager manager Kerri Morgan says. The
aviaries are designed to house the penguins more comfortably long term,
and each has an indoor pool and communal areas for the birds to preen,
feed and swim, she says.
Each one can house about 25 penguins. Feeding them properly is important. "We
use either sprats or anchovies and need to ensure that none of the
natural oils from the fish get on the birds' feathers as this can damage
their natural waterproofing." The penguins have one swim per day which lets them condition and preen their feathers so they can re-waterproof.
One of the penguins being cared for after the Bay of Plenty oil spill. Photo / Supplied
She was watching Home and Away and I wanted to watch Coronation Street in its new, rather inconvenient 5.30pm time slot.
She won after pointing out that I could simply My Sky Coro and
watch it later during the half-hour sports news which I always ignore by
fast-forwarding through it to the weather. So I watched Home and Away
with my daughter and found myself quite impressed with the way the
production took us into the eye of a storm which was hitting Summer Bay.
"Who's she? Why are they married? Is that really her father ... he's far
too young," I said, bombarding my daughter with questions as she tried
to watch her favourite soap.
"Just watch, I'll explain later," she said a little tersely before
noticing that I was doing something with my hands other than holding a
glass of chardonnay.
"What are you doing?"
"Knitting for the penguins," I replied, pausing for a sip of
wine to congratulate myself for having successfully cast on 36 stitches.
"Oh God," she replied before yelling, "Dad, Mum's gone funny again. She's knitting."
I tend to knit in seasons. There was the season of knitting fingerless
gloves. I had intended to knit two, obviously, but ended up knitting
three because one ended up with a finger hole emerging out of nowhere
and rendering it useful only for someone who had a finger growing out of
their palm. I was so good at knitting fingerless gloves in the end that
I received orders from every member of the family before deciding that
the season had ended.
A few months later, came the season of knitting beanies for the 30 per
cent of babies born at Middlemore Hospital who go home to unheated
houses. My beanie-knitting had been so personally rewarding - I once
knitted two in one night - that I had encouraged hundreds of people all
over New Zealand to get into it and was officially thanked at a morning
tea at Middlemore Hospital last week.
Now, it was the season for knitting penguin jumpers. I had been asked to
spread the word again as bird rescue teams were saving all the little
blue penguins who were smothered in oil following the Rena grounding on
the Astrolabe reef in the Bay of Plenty. They would give the penguins a
wash and then encase them in a knitted jumper to stop them preening
their feathers and ingesting the toxic oil.
I had just finished the ribbing when a news promo came on the screen.
"Look there they are," I shouted enthusiastically. "Little penguins in
jumpers. That's what I'm doing. Do you think I should do stripes or just
one block of colour?"
Then I remembered that during my last knitting season I discovered to my
peril that it's best not to drink and knit. I had finished my glass of
wine and was forced to search my knitting for six missing stitches.
"Time to cook dinner," I said laying my penguin sweater down on the
couch, still missing its stitches."Call me when the penguin item is on."
I had just finished grilling the eggplant and frying the mushrooms (I'm
still in my vegetarian phase) when my daughter summoned me to the
"They've got enough penguin sweaters," she shouted, before laughing her
head off along with my husband who did a very good impression of a
penguin excitedly opening a parcel and saying "not another bloody
jumper! I really needed socks".
I raced to the screen and watched in disbelief as the reporter put out a
plea to stop people sending in their knitting. The penguin sweater
season was over - just 10 rows in.
by Tad Johnson
It’s almost twice and nice to “do the waddle” at the Minnesota Zoo as
its African penguin population has nearly doubled because of flooding
at another zoo.
Eleven penguins have joined the current 18 waddlers after the Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot, N.D., flooded this summer.
The penguins were shipped by truck from North Dakota to the Como Zoo in
St. Paul where two remained and the others were transferred to Apple
The Minnesota Zoo’s 3M Penguins of the African Coast exhibit opened
in July to much fanfare and a “Do the Waddle” promotional effort.
The 2,000-square-foot exhibit allows visitors to view the penguins
above and below 7 feet of water in a replica of their habitat on South
Africa’s Boulders Beach.
The penguins live in an area that was renovated as part of Heart of
the Zoo-Phase One, a $20 million, multiphase project which also included
a new entrance, Target Learning Center, and the Cargill Environmental
African penguins (also known as black-footed or “jackass” penguins)
live on the South African coast, thousands of miles north of where most
people assume penguins live. The waters are very cool year-round, but
the air temps vary widely and can be very hot at times.
The zoo plans to breed the penguins, which are endangered, as part of a Species Survival Plan.
, Star Tribune
October 21, 2011
Photos: Jim Gehrz
The penguins have moved to the 'burbs.
Eleven of 13 African penguins that were removed from their
flood-ravaged exhibit in Minot, N.D., to temporary quarters at the Como
Zoo in St. Paul are now calling the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley their
The 11 are joining other penguins in an exhibit that resembles their
natural habitat on South Africa's famed Boulders Beach, where they can
swim in a 7-foot pool and waddle around built-in nesting areas. The
other two are remaining at the Como Zoo.
Minnesota Zoo visitors can get a great view of the 11 new penguins during their daily feeding sessions at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The Minnesota Zoo participates in the African Penguin Species
Survival Plan, which focuses on expanding the population in captivity as
it declines in the wild.
Over the summer, the penguins traveled 507 miles by truck from Minot
to the Como Zoo. They were among the 230 or so animals evacuated from
the Roosevelt Park Zoo that found itself under 4 to 14 feet of water.
TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 18: Penguins swim in a clean pool after
being washed of oil at the Tauranga Wastewater Treatment Wildlife
Facility on October 18, 2011 in Tauranga, New Zealand. Salvage crews
continue to pump oil off the ship in an effort to remove as much as
possible before bad weather predicted for the evening threatens to break
the vessel and release more oil into the sea. Over 300 tonnes of oil
has leaked from Rena since it hit the reef on October 5. (Photo by
Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
How can you save a penguin from an oil spill? Knit him a sweater!
Last week, a New Zealand yarn store put out a request for knitters of
the world to unite and put together "penguin jumpers" for the birds
affected by the ongoing oil spill in Northern New Zealand, according to ABC News. Skeinz, in Napier, was soon flooded with little sweaters.
The sweaters serve a dual purpose
of keeping the penguins warm until rescuers clean them and preventing
the birds from cleaning themselves while they are coated with poisonous
oil, reports MSNBC.
According to the Associated Press,
the oil spill, which began after a cargo ship ran aground on October 5,
has already left 1,300 birds dead and already cost New Zealand $3.2
million for cleanup.
New Zealand's 3 News reports
that the Wildlife Centre in Tauranga, near the site of the oil spill,
has received dozens of penguin sweaters and is no longer asking for any
Thursday, October 20th, 2011 | Posted by Longboat Key News
penguins of Penguin Island step out for a special photo opportunity
with media guests at Mote Aquarium. Visitors to Penguin Island will
observe the penguins in their temporary home and have twice-daily
opportunities to see Mote staff interacting with them. Penguin Island
will open Nov. 1 and run through February 2012. CREDIT: Mote Marine
Much like a rock legend landing on our
shores, local media paparazzi were on hand Monday, Oct. 17 to photograph
the areas newest snowbirds: six black-footed penguins.
The birds will star in Mote’s Penguin
Island exhibit set to open Nov. 1. The new guests waddled out dressed in
their finest black and whites for a media meet and greet this week.
Sarasota’s first penguins include five male birds named Sly, South, Rudy, Oswald and Coaster, along with a female named Ninja.
“We’re so excited to have the penguins
here and to know that they’re doing excellent in their new home,” said
Katharine Nicolaisen, senior animal trainer at Mote. “We’re also very
grateful to our partners at Six Flags for helping make Penguin Island at
Mote a reality.”
The birds flew, by plane of course, Oct.
15 to Florida from their permanent home at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
in Vallejo, Calif.
The black-footed penguins at Mote are
native to South Africa, where they are endangered in the wild.
Black-footed penguins (Spheniscus demersus) face some of the same
threats as marine life in the Gulf of Mexico — lack of food due to over
fishing and environmental changes, oil pollution, habitat destruction
and sea-level rise. By showcasing a far-away species that faces the same
risks as many of the marine animals in the Gulf of Mexico, Mote will
highlight the importance of working globally for marine conservation.
Guests will be able to visit the
penguins daily beginning Nov. 1 during normal visiting hours in Mote
Aquarium’s courtyard. Mote Aquarium is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
seven days per week, including all holidays, at 1600 Ken Thompson
Parkway in Sarasota. Tickets are $17 for adults, $16 for seniors (over
65), $12 for children (ages 4-12), and free for children 3 and younger.
There is no additional cost to see the penguins.
Join Mote for ‘City Slickers’ viewing
Want to help support a Mote’s cause? Join Mote Nov. 8 for a viewing of
the documentary “City Slickers” at the historic Burns Court Cinemas.
This movie portrays the story of African penguins and people competing
for suburban habitat. The film shows how seabirds and humans share
beaches, streets and sometimes even bedrooms.
The evening will begin with a visit from
Mote Aquarium’s Penguin Mascot, Percy, with cocktails and hors
d’oeuvres being served at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are
$30 per person. Call (941) 388-4441 ext. 509 or email
A yarn store in New Zealand is making an unusual request that is
pulling at the heart-strings of the world—they are asking people to sew
knit sweaters for penguins affected by the country’s oil spill.
The “penguin jumpers” are intended to keep the birds warm until they
are well enough to be scrubbed down and to prevent them from consuming
oil on their feathers while preening.
The yarn store is called Skeinz and is located in Napier, New Zealand. They posted the request along with instructions and patterns on their website and have already received a “deluge” of jumpers.
“It’s really precious and overwhelming,” the store posted on its blog along with photos of piles of penguin sweaters.
On Oct. 5, a cargo ship ran aground in New Zealand, pouring 350 tons
of oil into the ocean. The accident has been regarded as the country’s
worst environmental disaster in decades.
More than 1,000 sea birds have already died as a result of the spill,
including birds from the country’s native blue penguin population.
Oil can be extremely harmful to penguins, whose feathers are very
different from other birds. They have very dense and tiny feathers of
different lengths that stick onto them like Velcro, creating a
“Basically, when you get even a drop of oil on these birds, it opens
up a channel so water can penetrate,” Kevin McGowan of the Cornell
University Lab of Ornithology told ABCNews.com. “It’s like a hole in
McGowan said the sweaters could be the equivalent of the plastic
cones sometimes put on dogs to prevent them from scratching stitches
after surgery or poking at head injuries.
“When they’re wet, the cold can penetrate, especially in water,”
McGowan said. “You don’t want anything to penetrate through that wetsuit
armor and oil is a pretty bad thing.”
Specifications and instructions for the penguin PJ’s can be found on the Skeinz website as well as the address where penguin-loving knitters can send them.
SUAMICO - It's Wednesday, time for our weekly trip to the NEW Zoo.
The NEW Zoo has 12 of the worlds 120,000 African Penguins.
The name penguin comes from the Welch word "pen" meaning "head" and "gwyn" meaning "white."
Their bodies are made to help them swim and they have 80 feathers per square inch.
They have much better eyesight in water than they do on land.
Neil also talked about the escaped exotic animals from a game preserve in Ohio.
He shared his thoughts on what would happen if any of the animals escaped from the NEW Zoo.
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.