Two black-footed penguins from the Tautphaus Park Zoo in Idaho Falls are heading south. Primary penguin keeper Amy Vargas says the penguins are going to the Dallas Zoo on Tuesday to bolster that zoo’s population and become part of an education and outreach program. Vargas tells the Penguin Post that zoo workers and volunteers have worked with the birds to make sure they are comfortable around people. The Tautphaus Zoo will still have 20 penguins after the two depart.
Archive for February, 2011
Penguin Point Franchise Systems, Inc. began as a carhop drive-in on June 6, 1950 by two Stouder families, Wallace and Mary Stouder and his brother Lloyd and Heleta Stouder was only open during the summer. The present corporation was formed by the two brothers in June 1961 and now operates 14 restaurants in northern Indiana, a catering company, and a restaurant equipment company.
The first restaurant was opened at the junction of State Roads 13 and 15 in Wabash and stills operates today as one of the top units in the chain. Penguin Point is famous for their Tenderloin sandwich that was developed at this location in the early 50’s by the company founder, Wallace E. Stouder Sr. Penguin Point has also become widely known for fresh chicken, Idaho French Fries and their double deck Big Wally sandwich. Quality, Variety, and Service continue to be their focus for growth.
Indiana Restaurant Equipment Corporation was acquired in 1964 and is primarily engaged in engineering, design, and installation of institutional kitchens for schools, hospitals, jails, and nursing homes. They also have a 12,000 square foot showroom featuring new and used equipment, supplies and gifts for the professional or home cooking enthusiast.
Penguin Point Catering was started in 1968 to provide in-house feeding for special events at factories. Today, the Catering Division continues with in-house feeding and has developed a strong following in formal events such as weddings, honor dinners, and holiday banquets. Services are available anywhere in northern Indiana for groups from 30 to 3000, just click on the Catering link for a sample menu.
The Penguin Post has learned that the first baby of the year has arrived at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, and it also happens to be the first successful penguin hatchling in the zoo’s history.
The only catch? Zookeepers don’t know yet if it’s a boy or a girl.
The as-yet-unnamed chick was born two weeks ago to parent penguins Thumbelina and Flannigan. Zoo officials say the parents are very attentive and sharing in the brooding responsibilities.
When the baby hatched, it weighed just 57 grams. It has since grown to 565 grams (or 1.2 pounds). African penguins grow to approximately two feet tall and generally weigh from 6½ to 10 pounds.
It is anticipated the new chick will remain with the parents for the time being, then be transitioned to zookeeper care to facilitate independence and learning to swim, before ultimately joining the colony on exhibit in several months. Once on exhibit, it will be easy to spot with its dark gray juvenile plumage for about a year.
The Penguin Post has learned that this past week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the New Zealand/Australia distinct population segment of the southern rockhopper penguin is now protected as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), following publication of a final listing determination in the Federal Register.
The New Zealand/Australia distinct population segment of southern rockhopper penguin is found in the sub-antarctic region south of these two countries. The population size of this species, which breeds on the Macquarie, Campbell, Aukland and Antipodes Island groups, has declined by approximately 90 percent since the 1940’s and continues to shrink.
This action follows a thorough review of the best available scientific information from researchers, peer reviewers and the general public, as well as any new information received during a public comment period which followed publication of the proposed rule to list this species. The specific cause of the declining trend has not been identified, but information indicates that changes in the marine environment, such as prey availability, productivity or sea temperatures are the primary factors contributing to the decline.
Granting foreign species protection under the ESA means that the import or export of any of the species, or their parts or products, as well as their sale in interstate or foreign commerce, is prohibited. Permits for these prohibited actions are required for specific purposes consistent with the ESA.
The final rule will publish in the Federal Register on February 22, 2011, and become effective on March 24, 2010.
The ESA provides a critical safety net for native fish, wildlife and plants and to date has prevented the extinction of hundreds of imperiled species across the nation, as well as promoting the recovery of many others. The Service is actively engaged with conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and recover imperiled species. To learn more about the Service’s implementation of the ESA, go to http://www.fws.gov/endangered/.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.