Posts Tagged ‘London Zoo’

Penguin Chick Born In London Zoo

June 3, 2014

The Penguin Post has learned that the Sea Life London Aquarium today proudly introduced its very first Gentoo Penguin chick as the team gave the tiny new arrival a routine weigh-in. The youngster, who weighted in today at 600g, was born to proud parents Arnie and Luna two weeks ago, and they’ve been carefully caring for it ever since, under the watchful eye of expert penguin keepers at the attraction.

Baby Penguin Born At The Sea Life London Aquarium

 

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Penguin Skyscraper?!

July 14, 2012

The Penguin Post has learned that a zoo in London has set some heads spinning and mouths grinning with its proposal to transform the city’s landmark Gherkin skyscraper into a giant penguin.

Now that’s one big penguin

The ZSL London Zoo even released an image showing what the building should look like. It’s Happy Feet, on a whole new – and gigantic – scale, minus the smile! A press release that accompanies the photos explains: “[ZSL London Zoo plan] to approach city bigwigs with the bold concept of turning the prominent Swiss Re Building – more commonly known as The Gherkin – into a giant penguin.” Whether the owners of the building will agree to the stunt is another story.

Penguins Dive Right In

March 30, 2012

The Summer Olympics will be here sooner than you think and the London Zoo’s flock of penguins appear to be gearing up for the festivities by practicing their dives from their new Olympic size diving board. The penguins are used to plopping into the water, but recently the colony of 64 penguins at the Zoo now have a new vantage point from which to take the penguin plunge. Their very own diving board was erected at Penguin Beach to celebrate the zoo being awarded the LOCOG’s Inspired by 2012 mark for its summer Animal Athletes program.  One might think the penguins to be more of a winter sport kind of bird, but it seems that the Summer sports of swimming and diving (sans speedo’s) are what they’re best at.  Now, the sporty birds will now be able to practice their diving skills and entertain crowds who visit the penguin pool – but judging by their technique,  Olympic hopefuls have little to worry about – just yet.

Penguin showing his "Olympic" diving form off the board at Penguin Beach

The New Improved Penguin House

June 8, 2011

The Penguin Post has learned that the penguins at London Zoo are feeling decidedly more p-p-p-pampered after the opening of a new £2 million home.


Their new abode includes a pool which is four times bigger than their previous one, a more natural environment and has underwater viewing areas for visitors. It was constructed when the zoo’s original penguin pool, built in 1934, closed eight years ago after it was deemed not suitable.  Being England’s largest penguin pool, the new enclosure will eventually house a 200-strong breeding colony, but for now 65 lucky penguins have the place to themselves.

UK Penguin To Be Named After Royal Couple

April 27, 2011

The Penguin Post has learned that a penguin hatched on Easter Sunday and abandoned by its mother is to be named after either Kate Middleton or Prince William, in honor of the upcoming royal wedding.  The two-day-old Humboldt chick is being hand-reared by staff at London Zoo who hope the feisty bird will live up to either of its names.  It’s too early for zoo keepers to figure out whether this little penguin is a boy or a girl, so until the gender is determined the grey penguin chick,  is going to be call the gender neutral name Egg.  For the time being the future royal penguin is being fed through a syringe and kept in a incubator, suitably wrapped in a Union flag to keep it warm and prepare it for its regal future.  Staff say the baby penguin was rejected by its mother before it hatched last Sunday.  Adrian Walls, deputy team leader of birds at the zoo, said that tests would be done when the chick is 10 weeks old to find out the gender.  It will then be called Kate if it’s a girl or William if it is a boy.  Mr Walls said: “The penguin is too young to look after itself, so we are hand feeding it.  We are just waiting to find out the sex to give it a proper name and title.” Penguins are one of few animals in the wild which mate for life, so when Egg grows up he could find his own penguin prince, or princess.

Penguin Royalty