London Zoo penguins get diving board to commemorate 2012 Games; have Olympic fever (video)
Mar 30, 2012
So Friday is just crawling along … you think the weekend will
never get here, and you’re getting grouchier by the minute. But then you
saw this video of penguins leaping off of a diving board, and suddenly
everything is OK. Here we are at the London Zoo, where they’ve installed
a new “Olympic London 2012 style diving board” in the penguin
enclosure. I dare you not to smile while watching this. Even the heron —
which can fly, it should be stressed — can’t resist giving it a go.
The Zoo’s colony of 64 penguins, a mix of Humboldt Penguins, Rockhopper Penguins and African Black Footed Penguins, were introduced to the new diving board on Thursday … along with a heron, and assorted sea gulls.
More of those London penguins show off their Olympic diving form
Toby Melville / Reuters
Humboldt Penguin dives off a board as a heron stands in the background
at London Zoo in London March 29, 2012. The diving board has been
installed to coincide with 'Inspired by 2012' London Olympic program.
Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP
Humboldt Penguin swims under water after taking a dive from the new
Olympic London 2012 style diving board installed in the penguin
enclosure at London Zoo, Thursday, March 29, 2012.
ATLANTA (WXIA) -- They're fluffy and cute and are only about two months old.
Two South African penguin chicks are the latest additions to the
Georgia Aquarium. Their genders aren't known yet. They hatched within
two weeks of each other in early January and have been hand-reared
behind-the-scenes by Aquarium animal training and veterinary staff
Georgia Aquarium is a participating member of the African penguin
Species Survival Plan. "Georgia Aquarium is committed to conserving and
protecting our aquatic world and the species that inhabit it, including
the endangered South African penguin," said Billy Hurley, chief
zoological officer and senior vice president of zoological operations,
"As leaders in aquatic animal care, conservation
and research, we are very proud to welcome our first-ever African
penguin chicks to our family at Georgia Aquarium. We will continue our
commitment of helping to create sustainable animal populations both in
the wild as well as in human care for the benefit of present and future
In 2010, Georgia Aquarium redesigned the African penguin habitat in
the Georgia-Pacific Cold Water Quest gallery in order to create an environment that closely mimics their natural environment.
Since hatching, the chicks have gone through considerable changes in a
short amount of time. Born with fluffy down feathers, the penguin
chicks are currently fledging -- a process where they lose their down
feathers and begin growing juvenile plumage.
After becoming fully fledged, the chicks will be "waterproof" and the
animal care and training team will begin introducing the animals to
water so they can learn to swim in a special pool away from the colony.
Once they are stronger swimmers, the animal care and training team
will gradually introduce the chicks to the penguin colony and into the
The chicks will serve as animal ambassadors in the Aquarium's outreach programs, helping to raise awareness and educate guests about threats penguins face in the wild.
For more information on the Aquarium's South African penguins visit the Aquarium's new blog.
To purchase the all-new Total Ticket, please visit www.georgiaaquarium.org or call 404-581-4000.
African penguins are listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.
Cheeky heron flies in as penguins enjoy new Olympic diving pool
29 March 2012 There may still be 120 days until
the start of the London 2012 Olympics but it seems as though the diving
competition has already begun for these keen swimmers. Leaping
head-first from a diving board, a colony of penguins at London Zoo had
to fend off an eager heron as they leapt from the newly-installed board
for the first time. While
others seemed unsure of what to do with their new toy, one penguin
braved the bird, and after waddling along the board, peered off the end
curiously before taking the plunge.
Walking the plank: A heron eats a fish on the diving board whilst a penguin gazes up from the pool
Jump around: The heron and the penguin both take a plunge off the Olympics-themed diving board
Nose dive: A Humboldt Penguin jumps into the water as two of its companions ready themselves
The diving board has been installed
at Penguin Beach, which houses 64 birds, to celebrate the zoo being
awarded the 2012 logo for the summer’s Animal Athletes programme.
penguin shows are one of the zoo’s most popular attractions, and
keepers are hoping the diving board will draw more visitors eager to
watch the birds show off their impressive moves.
Head Bird keeper, Adrian
Walls said: ‘Penguins love nothing more than to show off their diving
skills and I think they’ll love having their very own diving board.’ The
London 2012 Inspire programme, run by the London 2012 Organising
Committee (LOCOG), enables non-commercial organisations across the UK to
link their activities with the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Eyes wide open: A penguin swims under and is closely followed by two others , part of the 64-strong colony at London Zoo
Three's a company: A diving penguin and heron
are watched by a seagull, left, and right, a penguin emerges from the
water with three more submerged under
March of the penguins ... a group of flappers seem to run away from a UFO-shaped iceberg
By ELLIE ROSS
A GROUP of penguins were left in a flap as they ran for cover from an iceberg
shaped like an alien spaceship.
The bizarre UFO-style mass was formed when an iceberg fell into the sea with
just the core left.
In another shot the vast polar landscapes tower over the penguins and look
like something from another planet.
Surreal ... penguins on a bizarre-shaped iceberg
The pictures were taken by Andrey Pavlov, from Moscow, Russia, while on an
He said: "I was really amazed by the beauty of this place.
"The views reminded me of science fiction movies about space and the universe.
Yappy feet ... a penguin with its young cries out
"When I saw these penguins swimming and running it looked like they were
trying to get away from a UFO-shaped iceberg.
"My first thought was that they looked like aliens invading the earth.
"It is one of my favourite shots and I think I was really luck to be able to
capture this scene."
This is a story of an epic rivalry that turned ugly. The pictures are in color, but the characters are black and white.
For more than 100 years, the colony of waddling, lovable penguins
have put the Edinburgh Zoo on the map. Zoo officials say it was the
first zoo in the world to exhibit the birds. Today, there are almost 200
penguins that frolic and dart about, delighting visitors.
Lesley Garland, who has been a Edinburgh Zoo’s penguin keeper for the
past 11 years, said the penguins have always been popular here because
the zoo has such a large colony.
“Each has their own personality,” she said. “They’re sometimes
hyper-active toddlers and that’s really how we can tell them apart. It’s
all in their personalities.”
Well, the penguins were the top attraction, until the pandas moved in.
After years of negotiating with China, the Edinburgh Zoo was given
two pandas on long-term loan. They arrived last fall. The female panda
is named Tian Tian, which means “sweetie,” and the male is named Yang
Guang, meaning “sunlight.” Not surprisingly, the pandas were an instant
hit with visitors.
Good news for the zoo, but not for the penguins, who for the first-time ever lost their coveted status as favorite attraction.
Are the penguins really exacting revenge? So it would seem. Forgive
us, but it’s a dirty story involving projectiles of penguin poop aimed
at an unsuspecting public. One pair of penguins routinely nests by fence
with a commanding view of the walkways below. Which wasn’t a problem
until the main entrance to the panda exhibit was placed directly below.
“These people are all waiting to see the pandas and because they are
queuing up here, whenever these guys decide to go to the bathroom, it’s
been coming over the fence and hitting people on the head,” Garland
“It could be the revenge of the penguins,” she added, with a mischievous laugh.
Zoo officials have a theory, she added, that the penguins could be
jealous of all the attention the pandas are getting. So they installed a
narrow band of Plexiglas on the edge of the penguins’ perch to protect
the visitors below.
“I just keep my fingers crossed that that works,” Garland said.
“Hopefully none of the larger penguins will come along and try and maybe
fire it over the top.”
But the forsaken penguins can take comfort in knowing that in 10
years those cute, cuddly pandas have to go back to China. Perhaps then
the penguins will rule the roost at the Edinburgh Zoo once again. source
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It has been a pretty busy year for FDG Entertainment. So far in 2012, the company has updated Blueprint 3D, released the iOS port of Clear Vision, and announced the iOS port of Tentacle Wars.
And yet, we have another iOS game announcement to share with you.
Scheduled to be available within the next couple of months, Captain
Antarctica is a whacky, action-packed adventure that exhibits the
family-friendly feel FDG is well-known for.
A now retired secret agent, Captain Antarctica appears to be
satisfied with a calm family life. However, after returning home from a
trip, he is informed that his wife and other penguins have been
kidnapped. Full of rage, Captain Antarctica doesn’t hesitate to
commandeer an experimental underwater jetpack equipped with a F1sh Mark I
propulsion system to save his family and friends.
Your new mission is to take the role of Captain Antarctica with his
jetpack scuba suit, zoom past enemy attacks, destroy the evil bosses,
and rescue the kidnapped penguins. The objectives are tough and you may
get scared, but your courage and the ability to upgrade equipment will
empower you to succeed.
Captain Antarctica, the game, will be released “spring 2012″ for
iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. For anyone wondering, the game will indeed
feature graphics optimized for the third generation iPad’s Retina
display. Check out the debut trailer below. source
If you enjoyed the slo-mo footage of gentoo penguins riding Southern Ocean waves in the first installment of Discovery’s Frozen Planet, then you will definitely
want to watch our preview of this Sunday’s hour, “Winter,” below.
Full-bellied female emperor penguins return to their colony — where the
males have been caring for the eggs solo for three months — and launch
themselves out of the water and up onto the ice like rockets. As
narrator Alec Baldwin says, “The females have put on a lot of weight,
and some have become, perhaps, a little ungainly.” Slo-mo makes one
penguin’s miscalculation hilariously epic.
Love is reportedly in the air at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium,
where penguins have commenced their "exciting and raucous" breeding
According to a aquarium spokeswoman, the penguins' breeding season is kicked off with male rockhopper and Magellanic penguins busily searching out the best rocks with which they can construct their cribs, er, nests.
The Shedd has placed dozens of the sort of smooth river rocks that
the penguins rely on for their nest construction and entice the birds to
commence building by putting out twigs, which help emulate the shrubs
under which the birds typically build in their natural habitats. By the
time the week of nestbuilding is complete, the aquarium's penguin
exhibit will be marked by several new nests.
The nest construction process can get pretty feisty, according to a
museum news release as, reportedly, rock theft is a fairly common
practice for those flightless birds ruthlessly endeavoring to create the
best nest in the oceanarium.
View photos, which appear courtesy of the Shedd Aquarium, of the
penguins setting up the new digs they hope will help attract a fly
By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer
Published: 03/24/2012 on LiveScience
As the Antarctic Peninsula warms, penguins that live in the area
year-round have a breeding advantage over birds that migrate in.
Gentoo penguins live on the Antarctic Peninsula
year-round, and their numbers are increasing while migratory chinstrap
and Adelie penguins are dwindling in the area. New research by Stony
Brook University researcher Heather Lynch reveals that gentoo penguins
have adapted to warmer temperatures faster than the other two species.
Using field work and satellite imagery, Lynch and her colleagues
tracked colonies of the three penguin species. They found that warming
temperatures triggered penguins to lay their eggs earlier in the season
than normal. Gentoos are able to adapt more quickly because they're
locals, the researchers found. Adelie and chinstrap penguins aren't
aware of the local temperatures until they migrate into the area,
meaning they can't shift their breeding as dramatically.
Gentoo penguins may also have an advantage because they prefer areas
with less sea ice than chinstrap and Adelie penguins. The latter two
species rely more on ice-loving krill as their food source. A long-term study of penguins
published in 2011 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences found that krill density is down as much as 80 percent since
the mid-1970s. Krill depend on algae growing on sea ice for food.
Also in 2011, researchers reported that a small colony of West Antarctic Peninsula emperor penguins had disappeared
in 2009 after about three decades of stability. Warming is also
bringing other changes to the southernmost continent, including
colonization by king crabs.
Lynch published her results in the journals Polar Biology, and
Ecology and Marine Ecology Progress Series and will present her work at a
Stony Brook University workshop for educators on April 10 and 11.
PRESS RELEASE - 20
PENGUIN EGGS ARE ABOUT TO BE TRANSFERRED FROM SEAVIEW WILDLIFE
ENCOUNTER, ISLE OF WIGHT TO LONGLEAT SAFARI PARK, WILTSHIRE
Wildlife Encounter has been a recognised breeder of Humboldt Penguins
since 1997. In the wild, Humboldt Penguins are vulnerable with only
approximately 10 000 remaining along the South American coastlines of
Chile and Peru. In captivity however Humboldts are doing exceptionally
well and can be seen in a number of zoos, aquaria and wildlife parks
across the UK and Europe. Seaview Wildlife, through its core collection
of ten breeding pairs, has been at the forefront of supplying Penguin
chicks to a wide cross-section of captive collections – playing an
important role in ensuring strong bloodlines and essential genetic
year, Seaview Wildlife Encounter is proud to have been selected to
supply 20 fertile Humboldt Penguins eggs to Longleat Safari Park in
Wiltshire for their brand new Penguin exhibit scheduled to open in a few
month’s time! Each of Seaview Wildlife’s ten breeding females has
recently laid two eggs – currently being incubated by the parent birds.
Just prior to hatching, the eggs will be removed and placed in
incubators ready for their transfer to Wiltshire. It is an unfortunate
fact that Penguin chicks have a low survival rate if left to be parent-
reared – mainly due to being squashed by their over-zealous parents! For
this reason, Seaview Wildlife has many years of hand-rearing
experience! The breeding programme is carefully managed and chicks are
only reared when the capacity of the Seaview Wildlife Penguin collection
allows for extra numbers or when an external request has been vetted
Penguin chicks is a full-time job - even for the most experienced of
Animal Keepers – so Longleat will no doubt be preparing themselves for
the new arrivals! The hand-rearing process involves daily
health-checking; sterilising the feeding equipment; liquidising the
sprats with added vitamins & minerals; ensuring the environment is
clean, dry and correctly heated; weighing and recording various data;
and of course feeding the youngsters three to four times a day for 12
weeks! We look forward to reporting back on the future hatching and
rearing success of these special little chicks!
Teri Grendzinski, supervisor of animal
programs at the National Aviary in the North Side, applies a name band
to Tribby, a month-old African penguin, held by lead penguin trainer
Chris Gaus. James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewTribby snuggles up to his as-yet unnamed younger brother at the National Aviary. James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Name the 'little guy'
To bid in an online auction to name the chick now being called 'Little Guy,' visit www.aviary.org.
By Chris Togneri, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW Sunday, March 25, 2012
Little Guy's tiny black eyelids grew heavy after his 11th smelt.
Big brother Tribby managed to gulp down 16 of the small fish before he,
too, conked out in his handler's lap.
"Oh, yeah, he's out," said Chris Gaus, lead penguin trainer at the
National Aviary in the North Side, as Tribby's head fell on his chest.
"All right, buddy. Back to bed."
The aviary welcomed two new family members: a pair of African penguins hatched here last month.
Trib Total Media, which sponsors the aviary's Penguin Point
exhibition, won naming rights for Tribby, hatched Feb. 26. The second,
unnamed chick emerged from his egg on Feb. 29; aviary staff for now call
him Little Guy.
The first penguin chicks to hatch at the aviary, they already show personality, said Steve Sarro, director of animal programs.
"They're both a little feisty -- a little attitude, and very
inquisitive," Sarro said. "Tribby is very calm. The second one is a
little bit younger, and he's just trying to figure out what's going on."
Tribby and Little Guy spent three weeks with mom, Bette, and dad,
Sidney, named for Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. The babies
live in a cooling incubator in Sarro's office, where staff members
hand-feed them three times a day.
"It's always a blast hand-raising chicks," Sarro said. "We have them
sit on our laps; we have people come over and interact with them. That
helps them (learn) their job in education, to be an ambassador for the
The global wild breeding penguin population has dwindled to fewer
than 50,000, down from about 1 million less than a century ago, Sarro
said. The birds are considered an endangered species.
Several factors are killing penguins, including oil pollution,
commercial over-fishing, human disturbance and climate change, Sarro
said. Some researchers predict that unless changes occur, wild penguins
will die off completely in 15 years, he said.
"We're very good at breeding them in captivity," Sarro said. "But they should be in the wild."
Trib Total Media's chief operating officer, Jennifer Bertetto, an
aviary board member, said the company wanted to get involved with
Penguin Point -- and with Tribby -- because it believes in the aviary's
message of "conservation and education."
People can see the newborns for the first time on Friday night during
a ticketed event at the aviary. Starting March 31, they will appear at
Penguin Point twice daily, at 11 a.m and 2:30 p.m. They'll enter the
exhibit permanently at the end of summer.
The chicks weigh about 2 pounds each, and likely will triple or quadruple that weight.
They're still a bit unsteady. Adults stand on their legs and tuck
their wings into their sides, but Tribby and Little Guy can manage only
brief waddling before collapsing onto crumpled wings.
MILLIONAIRE property developer Paul Fridman has become a
reluctant benefactor to St Kilda's 1200 penguins, following a
late-night speedboat jaunt that ended when his $200,000 cruiser crashed
into their rocky colony.
Melbourne Magistrates Court has found Mr Fridman, 35, of
Brighton, guilty of being intoxicated while at the helm of an 11-metre
Riviera cruiser that crashed into rocks near St Kilda Pier 17 months
ago. The incident left him with facial injuries and financial losses of
On Thursday, the court heard how Mr Fridman had to pay
$41,000 to Parks Victoria for reparation work to the breakwater and
removal of leaked fuel and chemicals that threatened the penguin colony.
It was also told that one of his cheques had bounced.
A regular on the BRW Young Rich List, Mr Fridman
was also unlicensed and failed to keep a proper lookout when the boat
collided with the breakwater and sank about 4am on November 27, 2010.
Mr Fridman was unable to make an insurance claim on the
$200,000 vessel because he recorded an alcohol reading of 0.1 when
tested at The Alfred hospital. He had owned the boat for less than a
Mr Fridman's defence lawyer, Robert Galbally, denied his
client had been speeding on the night of the accident. Mr Galbally said
Fridman had failed to see the breakwater's beacon because of a
half-metre swell and had been thrown off course by the waves.
Magistrate Jack Vandersteen appeared unconvinced.
''I think he was drunk and drove into the rocks … he was motoring along,'' he said.
Mr Vandersteen fined Mr Fridman $2000 and disqualified him from holding a boat licence for six months.
In 2010, Mr Fridman told The Sunday Age that he was not intoxicated and denied he was the driver of the boat. He did not return several calls last week.
With an estimated fortune of $80 million, Mr Fridman
founded his development company, Fridcorp, at the age of 21. He has been
involved in several luxury apartment projects in Melbourne's inner
suburbs, which have often had the financial backing of prominent
Melbourne businessman Daniel Besen.
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.
A lifelong student and confirmed polymath, I am currently writing my 2nd book this spring. I have an AS in Biology, a BA and an MA in English, plus I began a degree in Geology while living in CA. I am a retired herpetologist, but my blogs and current interests strive to promote animal conservation, particularly Penguins,Wolves, and Big Cats. I live with the loves of my life, Sissy, a Chihuahua, and Joey, Alero, Jillian, Loki, Jadin, Perse, Socks and Siggy - my ThunderCats - who help me cope with narcolepsy.