Posts Tagged ‘Humboldt Penguin’

Penguin Waddles The Streets Of Peru

August 27, 2015

The Penguin Post has learned that police in Peru responded to perhaps one of the most unusual of emergency call-outs – a lost penguin roaming busy streets of Nuevo Chimbote, a large town in northern Peru.

Footage of the penguin and it’s rescue can be seen below as the penguin wandered alone before the police attempted to apprehend the wayward waddler.    In a bid to evade capture, the nervous penguin – named Pingui – is seen running away and shaking its feathers.  Thankfully, the police caught the penguin without incident and later give it a hearty fish supper.


The penguin will be taken to the penguin habitat Vivero Forestal de Chimbote to recover until released back to the sea. Humboldts territiory is central and northern Chile and occasionally make it as far north as Peru as in the case of Pingui.

Fishy Penguin Birthday Cake

July 30, 2015

The Penguin Post has learned that the first Humboldt ever penguin born in the Philippines, named “Kaya”, has been given  a three-tiered frozen fish cake.  The cake-o-fish was placed in the penguin habitat at Manila Ocean Park to celebrate Kaya’s first birthday today in Manila, Philippines.  No word yet if Kaya shared his lovely cake with his friends.

The first Humboldt penguin born in the Philippines, named "Kaya", stands next to a three-tiered frozen "fish cake" placed in the penguin habitat at Manila Ocean Park to celebrate its first birthday Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Manila, Philippines. Armi Cortes, the marine park's communications chief, said that Kaya was born last year. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

The first Humboldt penguin born in the Philippines, named “Kaya”, stands next to his three-tiered frozen “fish cake”

Brand New Humboldt Penguin Waddling In Ohio

May 13, 2015

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.

Name That Penguin Contest

April 8, 2015

The Penguin Post has learned that this week the Rosamont Gifford Zoo in Syracuse NY is holding an online naming contest for its new Humboldt penguin chicks. The two females hatched in January at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo are the offspring of Mario and Montana. The zoo says an initial request last week yielded 961 suggested names, most from the U.S. and some from the United Kingdom.

Humboldt_penguin_chickNow the finalists chosen by a committee of zoo staff that considered creativity and overall appeal will go to an online vote. A Latin American influence was also a factor because the Humboldts populate the west coast of South America. The finalists are: Alejandra, Calypso, Frida, Malia and Muchacha. Voting started Monday and will run through 4 p.m. Friday on the zoo website.  So go and cast your vote.

Baby Humboldt Penguin Hat Trick

March 27, 2015

The Penguin Post has learned that this month, the Oregon Zoo welcomed three new Humboldt penguin chicks to their colony.  Zoo keepers say the penguins’ genders won’t be known until their first full veterinary checkup, which will take place in about three months.


The new arrivals are staying warm in their nest boxes and growing strong on a diet of regurgitated “fish smoothie” provided by their parents, according to zoo keepers. “The chicks look like velvety gray plush toys,” said curator Michael Illig, who oversees the zoo’s birds and species recovery programs. “They weigh just a few ounces and can fit in the palm of your hand.” Visitors will be able to view the young penguins this Summer, once the chicks fledge and begin to explore the zoo’s Penguinarium.

By summer, the three chicks will be grayish-brown all over and be nearly as tall as the adult Humboldts. Their distinctive black-and-white tuxedo markings won’t develop for a couple more years. Humboldt penguins live along the South American coastline off Peru and Chile. In 2010, the penguins were granted protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Ralph The Penguin’s Need To Keep Warm Makes Him Look Cool

January 23, 2015

As we all know penguins typically don’t need help staying warm, but the Penguin Post has learned that a Humboldt penguin named Ralph who lives in the United Kingdom with a rare condition has had a special wet suit made for him for when the temperature drops.


While all penguins molt or shed their old feathers for a few weeks in the summer, Ralph, a 16-year-old Humboldt penguin at Marwell Wildlife, near Winchester in the United Kingdom, has “extreme molts” that cause bald spots on his skin, according to Ross Brown, the animal collections manager of birds at the center.

The feathers grow back only to fall out when he molts again. “Seven years ago we noticed that Ralph began molting any time of the year,” Brown says. “He goes bald and his body seems out of sync, but we don’t know why it started.” To protect Ralph from the cold and even the heat, he wears a custom rubber wet suit, just like the suits surfers wear in the ocean. Brown says that Ralph is not one to get lost in the crowd with a wet suit that says RALPH in capital letters. Ralph’s partner, Coral, can often be seen grooming Ralph’s wet suit like she would if he had feathers.

“You would think that he would be bullied or outcast because he looks different in his wet suit, but he stands his ground, he thinks he looks cool, he stands out from the crowd,” Brown said. We do too.

Blessing The Penguin

October 29, 2014
A four-month-old Humboldt penguin named "Kaya" is blessed by a Catholic priest prior to its first swim Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at the country's largest oceanarium, the Manila Ocean Park in Manila, Philippines. Kaya, born July 8, 2014, becomes the first penguin to be born in the country.

A four-month-old Humboldt penguin named “Kaya” is blessed by a Catholic priest prior to its first swim Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at the country’s largest oceanarium, the Manila Ocean Park in Manila, Philippines. Kaya, born July 8, 2014, becomes the first penguin to be born in the country.

In this photo by Bullit Marquez, Roman Catholic priest Jacob Gomes blesses a 4-month-old Humboldt penguin before it takes its first swim at the Manila Ocean Park in the Philippines. The park launched its baby penguin attraction Wednesday and announced the winner of a contest to choose the baby’s name, Kaya, meaning competence or ability in Tagalog. Before the penguin’s first swim, it was placed in one side of a pool, separated from its penguin parents by a net. During the blessing, Gomes stressed the importance of environmental conservation and the need for people to protect all species of marine life, which are “a creation of God.” Kaya was born July 8 and is the first penguin to be born in the country. Its gender is not yet known.

Penguin Gets The Right Trousers

August 30, 2014



The Penguin Post has learned that a baby Humboldt penguin had trouble standing properly after his parents sat on him a bit too enthusiastically when they were trying to keep him warm. Keepers at the Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary in the U.K. discovered the problem when the chick was three weeks old. It was important to straighten out the problem as soon as possible, as chicks grow extremely quickly and he could have been permanently disabled unless the problem was fixed. In this case, the penguin was fitted with some special trousers made of tight-fitting elastic, which helped to keep his legs in the right position.

Lyndsey Crawford from Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary, where the penguin lives, said: “We have also been sitting him in a shallow pot to help keep his legs in the right position and gradually correct his posture as he continues to grow!”

The penguin will go for his first swim in the next few weeks when he will outgrow his trousers, and his adult feathers are fully developed and coated in their special waterproof oil coating for waterproofing.

Penguins In Duck Country

June 28, 2014

The Penguin Post has learned that three penguin chicks at the Oregon Zoo have emerged from their nests and are now exploring their surroundings. The Humboldt penguin chicks hatched in March, and Humboldt chicks usually fledge at about 3 months old.

The chicks — named Aqua, Xolas and Olle — are almost as tall as the adult birds, but are still gray and lack the classic tuxedo penguin pattern.  But fear not, they’ll grow into that outfit in a couple of years.  Wild Humboldt penguins live along the coast of Peru and Chile. The birds are classified as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, according to a release from the zoo, and were granted protection in 2010 under the United States Endangered Species Act.

If you’re in the neighborhood, Oregon Zoo visitors can see the young birds  and all the other penguins waddling around and swimming in the zoo’s penguinarium.

A Humboldt penguin chick explores the Oregon Zoo Penguinarium

A Humboldt penguin chick explores the Oregon Zoo Penguinarium


Unlikely Penguin Couple Make Great Parents

May 14, 2014

The Penguin Post has learned that staff at the Wingham Wildlife Park in Kent, England had tostep in after the baby penguin’s mother had to leave the egg because the father refused to help her incubate it. The staff then turned to two male Humboldt penguins, Jumbs and Kermit, who were given the egg to incubate, which they did and the egg hatched a month ago. Park owner Tony Binskin said: “These two have so far proven to be two of the best penguin parents we have had yet.”

Kermit, left, and Jumbs incubated the egg and are rearing the chick

Kermit, left, and Jumbs incubated the egg and are rearing the chick

Jumbs and Kermit were first seen pairing up in 2012, leaving two females without mates. “While it was nice to see two of our birds pair up, it actually meant that we were left with not two but four birds unable to biologically reproduce within our collection,” Mr Binskin said. With Humboldt penguins thought to be declining in number,  the park brought in two new males for breeding. But each time female Isobel lays an egg, her partner Hurricane refused to help out and sit on it.

The Baby Penguin was born on April 12th

The Baby Penguin was born on April 12th


Mr Binskin’s wife Jackie who works with the penguins said Hurricane was a “very inconsiderate partner who is happy to get Isobel pregnant”, then “seems to think that his job is done”.  Sounds familiar.  An egg from the pair was given to Jumbs and Kermit last year, but failed to hatch.  Isobel laid another egg in March, but was again with Hurricane being an absentee father, who forced to leave the egg to find food.

Given the situation the egg was to Jumbs and Kermit, and hatched on 12 April. There have been previous reports of exclusive male-to-male pairings among penguins, and some have reared chicks. Mr Binskin said: “While in the wild same sex pair bonding often results in no result other than eliminating those two animals from the breeding population of that species, in captivity it can have greatly positive effects. “We are still very much starting our breeding efforts with this species, and this is only our second year of breeding, but having such good surrogate parents available should we need them is a huge bonus for us.”  Jumbs and Kermit are more than happy to help.