Archive for April, 2013

Graduation Penguins

April 27, 2013

This year the Penguin Gift Shop at Penguin Place has a whole rookery of penguin graduation plush, t-shirts, cards and toys.  Our plush penguin grads range from 6″ tall with a cap and diploma to a giant near life size Emperor Chick and adult Emperor.  We’ve even created our own Penguin Graduation Section of our website.

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PETA Not Happy With Penguins At NY Stock Exchange

April 27, 2013

The Penguin Post has learned that PETA and other groups are none too happy that penguins were brought in by Seaworld to waddle on the floor of the NY stock exchange. A spokesman for PETA, which stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said that the group purchased 80 shares in SeaWorld for more than $2,200 in last week’s IPO.

PETA officials believe this will allow them to attend shareholder meetings and introduce resolutions. It has previously battled the theme park company over breeding programmes at its sites in Florida, California and Texas. It is also calling for SeaWorld to release all the whales and dolphins it holds.enhanced-buzz-wide-27846-1366400596-5

It has also emerged that PETA has written a letter to the New York Stock Exchange urging it to ban the use of exotic animals for promotional purposes. It comes after SeaWorld took penguins to Wall Street, where representatives rang the bell to start trading in their shares on Friday.

“It’s very stressful for exotic animals – who have specialized needs and are greatly affected by environmental changes – to be hauled around by companies like SeaWorld, just to be used as props,” Dan Mathews, senior vice-president at PETA, said in the letter. “Penguins, like all wild animals, shun contact with humans. Being forced into close public contact leaves them agitated and frightened.”enhanced-buzz-wide-16326-1366399050-13

“Animals in captivity are already susceptible to illness, but putting them in a crowded, noisy environment just causes additional stress and increased potential for poor health. The New York Stock Exchange, as a respected institution, should not be condoning any display that involves transporting an animal from one location to another and using them as a photo prop.”

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Penguins In Baseball

April 27, 2013

The Penguin Post has learned that a penguin visited the clubhouse office of the Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon.   Maddon tweeted : Today’s VIP guests are…penguins! Maddon: “I wanted the players to chill out a little bit. …get it?”BIpBgGgCEAAiwgJ-1

Penguin Personality Quiz

April 27, 2013

Who can resist those snappy little personality quizzes? Somehow it feels as though some great mystery about ourselves will be revealed, though it never is.

Still, you might have been spending a lot of time wondering whether you’re an Adelie sort of penguin or a Chinstrap. The people at Pew Charitable Trusts’ environmental group seemingly have been aware of how many sleepless nights you’ve had pondering this very issue, so they came up with a Penguin Personality Quiz.

The official reason is that  Thursday was World Penguin Day — because of course every month, every week, every day, is named for something, and I’m not just talking about the sun, the moon and Norse gods.

I’m not sure how we got into all this cute naming of days in honor of one concept or another, but in any case, penguins are apparently so cute that they take up two days every year — there’s also a Penguin Awareness Day in January — leaving very little room for all the other species whose habitats are shrinking.

And the real reason is to drum up support for a far more serious test later this year: Will two dozen nations plus the European Union vote to create a marine sanctuary in the waters off  Antarctica? Russia and China are the biggest obstacles to the idea, which is supported by most of the other nations.

Into saving penguins as much as Penguin Place? Then you might want to check to see if you have an Emperor in you. Penguins apparently have pretty simple personalities; the quiz is very short.

Historic Penguin Photo’s

April 27, 2013

Here’s a great link to some very historic penguin photo’s as it’s the 100 anniversary of the first professional photographs of penguins.  Click on this link and enjoy.

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40 Years Ago – Fleetwood Mac Releases “Penguin”

April 20, 2013

In 1973 Fleetwood Mac was a band trying to re-invent themselves and with the release of “Penguin” they did just that.  The rest is rock ‘n roll history and the penguin has been Fleetwood Mac’s mascot every since. penguin-300

Africa May Have Had Multiple Penguin Species

April 20, 2013

The Penguin Post has learned that penguin fossils from 10 million to 12 million years ago have been unearthed in South Africa, the oldest fossil evidence of these cuddly, tuxedoed birds in Africa. The new discovery, detailed in the March 26 issue of the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, could shed light on why the number of penguin species plummeted on Africa’s coastline from four species 5 million years ago to just one today —Spheniscus demersus, or the jackass penguin, known for their donkeylike calls. Daniel Thomas, a researcher at the National Museum of Natural History, and colleague Daniel Ksepka of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center were studying rock sediments near a steel plant in Cape Town, South Africa, when they uncovered an assortment of fossils, including 17 pieces that turned out to be backbones, breastbones, legs and wings from ancient penguins. The bones suggested these ancient birds ranged from 1-to-3 feet tall (0.3 to 0.9 meters).  For comparison, Africa’s living jackass penguin, also called the black-footed penguin, stands at about 2-feet tall (0.6 meters) and weighs between 5.5 and 8.8 pounds (2.5 and 4 kilograms).  The discovery pushes back the penguin fossil record in Africa by at least 5 million years. Because the next oldest fossils from Africa date to 5 million years ago, it’s tricky to determine exactly why most penguin species disappeared from Africa. “It’s like seeing two frames of a movie,” Ksepka said in a statement. “We have a frame at five million years ago, and a frame at 10-12 million years ago, but there’s missing footage in between.” One possibility is that changing sea levels eliminated most of the penguins’ nesting sites. About 5 million years ago, sea levels were 296 feet (90 m) higher than today, and the low-lying South Africa became a patchwork of islands. Those islands provided beaches for several penguin species to create nests and rear their young while sheltering them from predators. Once the oceans fell, most of those beaches would become mainland. Africa’s remaining jackass penguins are also on the decline. Their numbers have plummeted by 80 percent, in part because humans are overfishing their staple foods, sardines and anchovies. African penguins are being bred in captivity; for instance, a successful breeding season at the New England Aquarium in 2010 ended with the birth of 11 new African penguin chicks. In addition, Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation, along with South African and international partners, is working to establish breeding colonies of the African penguin closer to fish resources, to ensure successful chick-rearing, according to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

While only the black-footed, or jackass, penguin lives in Africa today, about 5 million years ago at least four penguin species lived in the continent.

While only the black-footed, or jackass, penguin lives in Africa today, about 5 million years ago at least four penguin species lived in the continent.

 

Flightless Birdie Penguin Cartoon A Winner

April 20, 2013

A GROUP of students from Enfield who created a cartoon about a frustrated penguin have been crowned winners of a national animation competition. 

Melda Mahmutoglu, 18, Michael Elesheku, 18, Victoria Ardamatskaja, 18, and Dominic Esprit, 17, have been tipped for success after their one-minute film Flightless Birdie was given top honours by the judges in the Animated Exeter’s Young Ones under-18s animation award. 

The four friends, all of whom study at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, entered the competition, which is run by the Animated Exeter Festival, under the name Team Awesome. 

The Exeter event is the biggest public animation festival in the UK and attracts leading names from the industry, including Double Negative, who worked on the latest James Bond film Skyfall. 

Melda said: “Winning a national competition felt like it was my birthday. I was really happy and it felt very special. 

“When we found out that we had won, we told everyone we knew. We were so thrilled.” 

Dominic added: “We put so much of ourselves into the film. For two months, we didn’t see friends and we didn’t go out. We just animated. The film became us and we became the film. 

“That’s why we got chosen, I think. There was so much detail and crafting in the film from all the work we did. 

“This win is great for our CVs and will really set us apart from other students when we’re looking for work or applying to university.” 

Their tutor Matthew Phelan added: “Winning the competition shows just how professional the students’ work is at the college and it sets us apart from the other colleges which offer animation.” 

The film, which has an underlying message about accepting who you are, was screened at the festival during the February half-term. 

All the students involved in the film are studying animation BTEC Level C at the college, which has its campuses in Hertford Road, Enfield, and in High Road, Tottenham. 

Jane O’Neill, vice principal for curriculum and learner experience at the college, said: “We’re very proud of our animation students. They are extremely talented and when talent is combined with hard work, these are the kind of results you get.”

Baby Penguin Joins The Flock

April 20, 2013

A baby penguin has joined an endangered colony of birds at the African penguin exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, science museum officials said this week. The male chick is the first to hatch since the Academy reopened in 2008. He was born on Jan. 28 to father Robben and mother Ty. The two penguins were bred to maintain the species, which is facing extinction in the wild. The African penguin exhibit now boasts a colony of 16 birds. The baby penguin was living with his parents in a private nest out of public view until Wednesday when he joined the other birds.The museum is holding an online naming contest through April 30.

The top three names chosen by Academy staff for their originality and reflection of the museum’s mission to sustain wildlife will be put to a public vote. The winning name will be announced during a naming ceremony on May 16 at the museum. The contestant who submits the chosen name will be part of the ceremony and also earn a behind-the-scenes tour of the penguin colony, tickets to a museum sleepover event, plus a plush penguin toy. The new chick can be viewed at the exhibit through the online Penguin Cam at http://www.calacademy.org/webcams/penguins/.

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New Penguin Mugs and Stoneware

April 20, 2013

This past week we’ve brought back a popular line of heavy duty penguin stoneware from the good folks at Cuppa Inc of Tampa Florida.  When we first carried Cuppa it was only a heavy duty penguin couple coffee mug, but now they also offer a penguin beer stein, water bottle, shot glass, shot glass shooter and penguin travel mug as well.  We loved them all so much we decided to carry them all.  All made in the USA.

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