Posts Tagged ‘Dudley Zoo’

Another Royal Wedding In The U.K. Today

April 29, 2011

The Penguin Post has learned that the wedding between William and Kate will not be the only royal wedding in the U.K. today, as at the Dudley Zoo, zookeepers will be holding their own celebrations for their very own Will and Kate today. If we had known in advance we would have sent them our penguin wedding cake topper.

In honor of the royal couple, the zoo staff have named two rare Humboldt penguins William and Kate. The tiny two were hand reared by dedicated keepers after being rejected by their mums during autumn’s cold snap. Since November they have made steady progress in the aviary nursery before gradually being introduced into the main group – a colony of 60-plus parent-reared Humboldts, which is the largest in the UK. Chief executive Peter Suddock said: “We were thinking of names for the youngsters when the royal announcement was made so we called them William and Kate to mark the occasion. “Dudley Zoo incorporates the 11th century Dudley Castle which has strong royal connections; Queen Elizabeths I and II have both visited and several dukes and earls have strong ties with the site, so we felt it fitting to send Prince William and Kate an adoption pack for their namesakes and wish them well for a long and very happy future.” He added: “We’re not quite sure where they will settle once they are fully integrated in the penguin enclosure, so just for fun we have labelled the nesting boxes Clarence House, Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and Kensington Palace, to give them a fairly regal choice for their first home.” Visitors to the zoo will be able to watch the big event on a large screen in the Discovery Center and youngsters will have the chance to be princes and princesses for the day with special crowns to commemorate the occasion. Mr Suddock added: “The big screen will relay the wedding celebrations throughout the day, and keeping staff will be taking it in turns across the various animal sections to watch the event.”

The Dudley Zoo's own William and Kate

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Penguin Rescued By Keepers At Dudley Zoo

August 19, 2010

The Penguin Post has learned that keepers at the Dudley Zoo in the U.K.  have rescued a penguin chick left at risk by its mother, and they are hand-rearing a four-week-old Humboldt penguin chick after its mother built a nest on a dangerously- exposed bank.  Curator Matt Lewis said the mum chose not to use nest boxes within the enclosure, putting the youngster at risk.  He said: “We had no other option other than to remove the chick from the bank as it wouldn’t have survived.   “The nest could easily have flooded or the chick may have been taken by a seagull, as it was in a very vulnerable position.”   The chick weighs around 500 grammes and is being fed whole small sprats three times a day, taking around 50g per fee