The Penguin Post has learned that a newly hatched Rockhopper penguin chick is now on exhibit at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.
Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium welcomes their new Rockhopper penguin born on June 9th.
The aquarium announced that the Rockhopper chick hatched on June 9, when it weighed about 2 ounces, and has been behind the scenes for the past couple of weeks. Aquarium officials report the chick is growing steadily and has soft down-like plumage. Its parents, Edward and Annie, both take a role in feedings.
The aquarium’s penguin experts have been closely monitoring the hatchling, but they don’t yet know whether it’s male or female. Within the next few months the chick will begin moving around on its own. Aquarium officials say it’s difficult to spot, but is on view. So far a name has not been chosen.
The Penguin Post has learned that rescue workers cleaning up a zoo in the Georgian capital wrecked by severe flooding have found one of its missing penguins alive, hiding in the bushes.
Zoo spokesman Mziya Sharashidze said Tuesday the bird was the tenth of its 17 penguins found alive after the June 14 flooding that killed more than half of the zoo’s 600 inhabitants. Another penguin was found alive last week in the Kura River near the border with Azerbaijan, 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of the capital of the former Soviet republic.
The Penguin Post has learned that the colony of Little Blue Penguins which has recently made its debut in the Aquatic Bird House at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo are settling in nicely. Named for their small size and characteristic bluish hue, little blue penguins are also known as blue penguins, little penguins, and fairy penguins. Full-grown adults are only about 13 inches tall and weigh 2 to 3 pounds. They are the smallest of the 18 penguin species and native to coastal southern Australia and New Zealand. These are the first little blue penguins to be on exhibit at the Bronx Zoo and there are only three facilities in the U.S. that currently have them. All of the birds in the colony were hatched at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia and brought to the Bronx Zoo as part of a breeding program. Approximately 15 penguins a year hatch at Taronga, making it the most successful little penguin breeding program in the world. The Bronx Zoo penguins will help ensure continued genetic diversity in the little penguin populations in the U.S.
“The little penguins are acclimating well to their new home and are quite a sight to see,” said Jim Breheny, WCS Executive Vice President and General Director of the WCS Zoos and Aquarium. “The Bronx Zoo is focused on the conservation of the species we exhibit, and international partnerships and breeding programs like that of the little penguin are vital to ensuring the survival of the species in the wild through education, awareness, and connecting people to nature in a way that can only be accomplished through close, in-person encounters.”
Taronga Zoo Director and Chief Executive, Cameron Kerr, said: “The little penguins at the Bronx Zoo have taken on the role of international ambassadors for their species. Visitors to the Bronx Zoo from around the world can come to learn about these wonderful Australian marine animals. This group of little penguins will ensure a thriving population in the U.S. for many years to come.”
The species occurs in temperate marine waters and feed on fish, cephalopods and crustaceans. They nest colonially in burrows on sand dunes or rocky beach areas. Like other penguin species, they use a wide range of vocalizations to communicate with each other. In the wild, their populations are threatened by climate change and human activities.
The Bronx Zoo is supporting Taronga Zoo’s little penguin conservation programs in Sydney Harbor. The work includes monitoring, awareness campaigns, rescue and rehabilitation, breeding programs, and more. Man-made nest boxes can provide safety from introduced predators and guard dogs have been used in some places to discourage predation.
The Penguin Post has just learned that Ginny the Psychic Penguin from Birmingham’s National Sea Life Center has predicted that Aston Villa will triumph in this year’s FA Cup final. What’s the basis of the bold penguin prediction you ask? Well, Ginny stuck her beak into a tub labelled with the Villa badge and not the Gunners. Sounds like a lock to us. If you don’t believe us, just ask Ginny the Penguins’ keeper who says her psychic talents mean Tim Sherwood’s side are the ones to back this Saturday. “She’s certain that the Birmingham-based team will be the one to win.” Although, something fishy may be going on here as Ginny clearly has a Birmingham home town bias, meaning the result may not be that black and white. Stay tuned.
The Penguin Post has learned that in New Zealand a penguin recovering after being coated in oil in last month’s oil spill has earned himself the ironic name Mobil One.
Chrissy Jefferson with Mobil One, who will be ready for release in two weeks. Photo / George Novak
Mobil One has been at the Oropi Native Bird Sanctuary in Southern New Zealand for three weeks and will take on a six-hour swim in his new swimming pool next week in preparation for his release. The penguins name comes from the fact that Mobil Oil donated the pool to help with the penguins recovery The penguin was found by a volunteer from the Mauao Wildlife Trust and taken to ARRC Wildlife Trust to be assessed before being taken to the sanctuary for rehabilitation. Chrissy Jefferson, who runs the sanctuary, said he was “100 per cent covered” when he arrived and needed to be cleaned four times before a rigorous rinsing process. “It’s a very stressful process that’s why we don’t clean them for the first 72 hours … The stress would kill them.”
She treated about 400 penguins during the Rena oil spill and said it was lucky to have only one penguin treated in the recent spill. He was called Mobil One because she was expecting more penguin and planned to name them successively. “Thank goodness we didn’t get a Mobil Two,” she laughed. Mobil One is halfway towards being fully waterproof again and would be ready to be released in another two weeks, she said. He’s a really strong swimmer, and he won’t take long.”
The Penguin Post has learned that there is a Penguin among the recent United States Postal Service release of 10 new stamps. What makes these stamps unique, aside from their design, is the fact that they’re a new kind of Forever stamp. No longer are you limited to a 1-ounce stamp. Now, there are Forever stamps that can be used for postcards, 2-ounce letters and 3-ounce letters. There is also a Forever stamp for a non-machinable surcharge and an additional ounce. The additional ounce stamp has an attractive Emperor penguin on it and was designed by Carl Herrman of Carlsbad, Calif. Nancy Stahl of New York City illustrated it. Its initial price and value is 22 cents and it will be effective May 31.
If you’ve ever thought the only thing that could be cuter than a baby penguin would be a baby penguin that never grows up, your wish has sort of come true. It turns out there’s a species of very small penguins officially called…the Little Penguin or the Little Blue Penguin.
At just over a foot tall and weighing only two to three pounds full grown, the native Australian Little Penguins are the smallest penguins in the world. They’re also called Fairy penguins, and you could even go with “blue penguins” as well—a name that references the blue tone of the species’ feathers—and still be understood by the average penguin expert.
Now, the Penguin Post has learned that the nonprofit Wildlife Conservation Society of New York has just put a breeding colony of the penguins on exhibit at the Bronx Zoo. It’s the first time the diminutive species has been in residence anywhere in New York, according to WCS. “The little penguins are acclimating well to their new home and are quite a sight to see,” said Jim Breheny, general director of the WCS zoos and aquarium, in a statement.
Little penguins are listed as a species “of least concern” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of endangered species—although at least one population, a breeding colony in Sydney Harbor, has been declared endangered by the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage.
Little penguin wild populations are declining overall, however, in part because of the impacts of climate change. Recent studies show that more intense coastal storms, warming waters, and changing ocean currents drive off the krill, small fish, and squid that little penguins feed on. Swimming farther from their nests to find food puts a lot of stress on the adult birds, leading to underweight chicks and lower chick survival rates.
The Penguin Post has learned that an endangered South American Humboldt penguin hatched at the Akron Zoo on February 12, 2015 and is now on exhibit. The male chick has been named Anadeo, which means “waddle” in Spanish. The chick has been inside its burrow since hatching but staff has been bringing him onto exhibit to introduce him to his new surroundings and it is expected Anadeo will be spending more time on exhibit now.
With Anadeo’s birth, the zoo is now home to 16 Humboldt penguins. Anadeo is the 14th chick born at the zoo since Penguin Point opened in 2003. At birth Anadeo weighed under one pound; currently he weighs about 7 pounds and is 14” tall.
Humboldt penguins are warm climate penguins, unlike their Antarctic relatives. They are commonly found in temperate coastal regions of Peru and Chile. Humboldt penguins are endangered primarily due to commercial harvesting of guano for agricultural fertilizer. Without nesting locations, Humboldt penguins are in jeopardy of extinction. Some estimates indicate the possibility of extinction in the wild in the next 10 years.
The Penguin Post has learned that a Swansea University professor, who often works with penguins as part of his meticulous research into animal movement, has been named as one of the country’s most influential conservation heroes. Professor Rory Wilson has been named as one of Britain’s 50 most influential conservation heroes by BBC Wildlife Magazine, alongside other eminent figures such as broadcasters Sir David Attenborough and Chris Packham and primate scientist Jane Goodall. The 50 conservation heroes are the people who the BBC’s panel of experts believe will have the biggest impact on wildlife in the next decade.
Rory Wilson Tagging A Penguin
Working the university’s computer science and engineering departments, he has pioneered the use of non-invasive electronic tags, which allow the team to track penguin movement but with no negative effects on the animal. The tags allow researchers to track the full set of movements and see patterns enabling them to go beyond just describing what the penguin is doing, and predict what it’s going to do next.