Posts Tagged ‘Fairy Penguin’

A Penguin Named For David Bowie

January 11, 2016

The Penguin Post has learned that recently the Cincinnati Zoo welcomed its first baby penguin birth of the year and has named the little waddler after David Bowie.

After taking name suggestions through Facebook and Twitter, the penguin keepers decided to name the chick Bowie, after the legendary rocker on his birthday on Friday.   The newborn chick  which is a Little Blue (Fairy) penguin, was born on Friday. Even though it was born on both David Bowie’s and Elvis Presley’s birthday, they went with the glam rock icon since there’s already a penguin named “The King.” What makes the naming of this penguin chick more appropriate is that the rock legend David Bowie passed away today, a mere three days after the naming.

Our Bowie couldn’t have come at a better time. “The Zoo celebrates Penguin Days during January and February, so it’s fitting that a penguin chick would be the first little one to arrive in 2016,”  said Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard.

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A not very glam Little Penguin David Bowie

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Penguin Sweaters Wanted

March 7, 2014

The Penguin Post has learned that The Penguin Foundation has a global call out for knitters to make pullovers for penguins in rehab.  The reason is that penguins caught in oil spills need the little sweaters to keep warm (as they lose their natural insulation) and to stop them from trying to clean the toxic oil off with their beaks. Knitter Lyn Blom is the receptionist at Phillip Island Nature Parks in Victoria and has knitted many penguin jumpers over the years. The Penguin Foundation is based at Phillip Island, which is known for having a large penguin colony. Lyn Blom says it’s not just major oil spills that cause problems for local penguins. “Fishermen might clean out a container or something while they’re at sea,” says Lyn. “It’s a continuing problem,” she says. “We get probably about 20 birds a year.” One advantage of knitting a penguin sweater is that they are small since the Australian Little Blue Penguin is the smallest of all the penguin species. “They’re very quick,” says Lyn. The Penguin Foundation also distributes the jumpers to other wildlife rescue centres where needed.

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You can download more information about how to knit for penguins, including the knitting pattern and where to send the finished product. While the Penguin Foundation’s website says it currently has a ‘good supply’ of the little jumpers, the organisation also uses them in educational programs as well as selling them as a fundraising measure. In 2011 the foundation raised money for a new Phillip Island Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre which can house up to 1500 penguins in the event of a major oil spill.

Best Places To Watch Penguins In The Wild

January 9, 2010

A tourism Web site says New Zealand and Australia have two of the best places worldwide to watch penguins in action. VirtualTourist.com said Friday that in Dunedin, New Zealand, tourists may catch glimpses of rare yellow-eyed penguins if the notably shy animals can avoid getting eaten by predators like sea lions. There are only a few thousand yellow-eyed penguins in the world. Those seeking to see little penguins, also known as fairy penguins, should travel to Australia’s Phillip Island where VirtualTourist.com said the animals come ashore during nighttime. Outside of Punta Arenas, Chile, visitors could spot a Magellanic penguin or two as the birds share their parenting duties with one another. The U.S. tourism Web site said the Boulders Penguin Colony in Cape Town, South Africa, houses African penguins for tourists to enjoy, while the best spot to see a popular emperor penguin is Antarctica.