Saturday, April 25, 2015

#WorldPenguinDay celebrations around the world

Calgary Zoo gets in on penguin celebrations

Penguins at The Calgary Zoo will be getting some special treats on world penguin day.
Trish Exton-Parder says there will be “A little extra enrichment for our penguins.”

“They’ll come up with some really neat ways to do some interesting types of food. Maybe have some other types of enclosure furniture within the penguin area. Provide them with a few things that are new and different. Some little gifts for the day,” she said.

Around the world, various events are underway, including the Citizen Science Project Penguin Watch, which will release half a million new images of penguins and reveal secrets from a year of spying on the flightless birds.



New England Aquarium Celebrates ‘World Penguin Day’ 
A 3.5-week-old little blue penguin chick. (Image Credit: New England Aquarium)
A 3.5-week-old little blue penguin chick. (Image Credit: New England Aquarium)
BOSTON (CBS) – New England Aquarium is among the facilities around the globe celebrating World Penguin Day.
In honor of World Penguin Day, which is Saturday, New England Aquarium posted a picture of a young “little blue penguin” chick that hatched on March 30.
The chick, which is not yet named, hatched at a slightly below normal size. But since then the penguin has grown significantly.
Little blue penguins are found in Australia and New Zealand, according to the New England Aquarium, and are the smallest penguins in the world.
The aquarium’s new addition will remain in the care of its parents and biologists for several more months before being added to the colony inside the facility that is made up of nearly 90 penguins.



It's a special day for Penguins at Torquay's Living Coasts today

By GinnyWare  |  Posted: April 25, 2015

  • Living Coasts penguins enjoy a tasty snack from a keeper
  • Living Coasts penguins are looking forward to their special day

Torquay's penguins are getting ready to celebrate their special day today. Saturday April 25 is World Penguin Day and Living Coasts is laying on extra penguin-themed activities for visitors.

Attraction spokesman Phil Knowling said: "At Living Coasts every day is penguin day – our penguins feed on the best sprats and herring, have their own private beaches and natural sea-water swimming pools complete with wave machines."

To mark World Penguin Day, Living Coasts is offering a penguin feeding experience along with penguin masks and quizes from 11am to 3pm.


Phil added: "Penguins need a day of global recognition - they face many serious conservation issues.
"The date of World Penguin Day is linked to penguin migration in the Antarctic and the start of winter in the southern hemisphere. That's why we are linking World Penguin Day to the Pole to Pole climate change campaign."

Living Coasts is joining zoos and aquariums around Europe to raise awareness and stimulate action on climate change as part of the Pole to Pole campaign. The Torquay attraction has a display and pledge wall in the children's area and the campaign is featured in on-site presenter talks.


Feathered friends get fishy treat for World Penguin Day

Humboldt Penguins (24251228)
Humboldt Penguins

by Catherine Bolado, Senior Reporter

WEYMOUTH’S penguins will be in for some egg-shaped surprises as a treat for World Penguin Day.
The playful birds at Weymouth Sea Life Park will be given some frozen eggs with sprats inside today to give them a fun, fish treat. The Animal care Team said the eggs will provide the penguins with some great enrichment as they will have to work to get the tasty treat out.

A spokesman for the park said: “The colony of 11 Humboldt Penguins at Weymouth Sea Life Park are part of a Sea Life-Wide breeding programme in which 12 have been successfully bred at the attraction since they resided at the Park in 2002. The captive breeding program aims to help sustain numbers in captivity due to their drastic decline in the wild and many penguins bred at the Park have been given to other Sea Life sites to increase the gene pool. “Humboldt Penguins are classed as vulnerable on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. With only about 12,000 Humboldt Penguins left in the wild, it’s hoped that the breeding colony at the Park will continue to be as successful as it currently is.”


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