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Noodles Leads March Of The Penguins

May 31, 2014

A trio of Magellanic penguins lead by our flightless friend Noodles waddled through an exhibit at Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific on Friday, in preparation for a new morning ritual. During the preview, bird handlers chased the penguins as they ran past giggling children and curious sea otters. The South American penguins then doubled back and stared at the giant tank full of fish and otters.

Noodles and friend stare at the sea otters

Noodles and friend stare at the sea otters

Starting Sunday, the penguins will make a daily public trek across the Northern Pacific Gallery every morning at 10. The penguins begin their walk by the sea otter exhibit and end it by the giant Pacific octopus. The daily penguin walk is part of the aquarium’s “Summer of Wonder” program and is included with regular admission.

Noodles leads the practice parade

Noodles leads the practice parade

The summer program includes an opportunity to make and drive a mini underwater submarine and features new exhibits about the Southern California steelhead and the Guam kingfisher, as well as touch tanks with horseshoe crabs, corals and sponges.

Magellanic penguins walks across the Northern Pacific Gallery at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach on Friday. During the month of June the Aquarium will hold a daily Penguin Walk at 10:00 a.m. in the Northern Pacific Gallery. The penguins will begin their walk by the sea otter exhibit and end it by the giant Pacific octopus.

Magellanic penguins walks across the Northern Pacific Gallery at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach on Friday. During the month of June the Aquarium will hold a daily Penguin Walk at 10:00 a.m. in the Northern Pacific Gallery. The penguins will begin their walk by the sea otter exhibit and end it by the giant Pacific octopus.

Penguin Parade Waddles Once More

March 31, 2013

The Penguin Post has learned that the Edinburgh Zoo’s most famous residents are to resume the daily penguin parade a year after it was halted while their enclosure was renovated.

The story behind the origins of the parade are as follows. In 1951, a keeper left the door to the penguin’s enclosure open by mistake and a gentoo escaped. Followed by other birds, they went for a walkabout. The escape was so popular with visitors the penguin parade has been a part of the zoo’s daily routine ever since. In early 2012, the parade stopped when the enclosure closed for renovation. Fifty-five penguins were sent to other zoos during the work, bringing the marching to a halt.  The new enclosure, called Penguins Rock, opened on March 15 and the gentoos have been practising their marching technique for the first parade on Friday. Colin Oulton from the zoo said: “We have a mixture of both old and new birds taking part in the parade, with as many as seventeen birds participating in the practice runs. The practice runs have all gone pretty smoothly; the old pros got back into it right away and the new penguins were enthusiastic to join in. “Penguins are naturally inquisitive and they enjoy the opportunity the parade gives them each day. We don’t force any penguins to take part, or encourage them with food rewards – each penguin participates in the parade purely because it wants to.”

As well as the Gentoo and Rockhopper penguins, the zoo’s five King penguins have returned in time for Easter.They took a little longer to get home as they started to moult earlier than usual. The process can be stressful, so it was decided to keep them in England until they had finished moulting. Among them is Sir Nils Olav, the mascot of the Norwegian Royal Guard. Mr Oulton said: “It was actually Sir Nils Olav holding everybody up as he was the last to moult. As the kings have only just returned to the zoo this week it is unlikely that any of them will be getting involved in the first official parade, but it won’t be too long before they are settled and ready to participate.” The penguin parade starts at 2.15pm on Friday at their enclosure.


Angry Birds: Penguins vs Pandas In Scotland

March 29, 2012

This is a classic story of an epic rivalry that turned ugly. The images may be in color, but the characters are all black and white. For more than 100 years, the colony of waddling, lovable penguins have put the Edinburgh Zoo on the map. Zoo officials say it was the first zoo in the world to exhibit the birds. Today, there are almost 200 penguins that frolic and dart about, delighting visitors. Lesley Garland, who has been a Edinburgh Zoo’s penguin keeper for the past 11 years, said the penguins have always been popular here because the zoo has such a large colony. “Each has their own personality,” she said. “They’re sometimes hyper-active toddlers and that’s really how we can tell them apart. It’s all in their personalities.” Well, the penguins were the top attraction, until the pandas moved in. After years of negotiating with China, the Edinburgh Zoo was given two pandas on long-term loan. They arrived last fall. The female panda is named Tian Tian, which means “sweetie,” and the male is named Yang Guang, meaning “sunlight.” Not surprisingly, the pandas were an instant hit with visitors. Good news for the zoo, but not for the penguins, who for the first-time ever lost their coveted status as favorite attraction. Are the penguins jealous and exacting revenge? So it would seem.  Forgive us, but it’s a dirty story involving projectiles of penguin poop aimed directly at an unsuspecting public. One pair of penguins routinely nests by fence with a commanding view of the walkways below.

Innocent King Penguins On Parade

Which wasn’t a problem until the main entrance to the panda exhibit was placed directly below. “These people are all waiting to see the pandas and because they are queuing up here, whenever these guys decide to go to the bathroom, it’s been coming over the fence and hitting people on the head,” Garland said. “It could be the revenge of the penguins,” she added, with a mischievous laugh. Zoo officials have a theory, she added, that the penguins could be jealous of all the attention the pandas are getting. So they installed a narrow band of Plexiglas on the edge of the penguins’ perch to protect the visitors below. “I just keep my fingers crossed that that works,” Garland said. “Hopefully none of the larger King penguins will come along and try and maybe fire it over the top.” But the forsaken penguins can take comfort in knowing that in 10 years those cute, cuddly pandas have to go back to China. Perhaps then the penguins will rule the roost at the Edinburgh Zoo once again.

Edinburgh’s Penguin Parade Springs A Leak

March 4, 2012

The Penguin Post has learned that Edinburgh Zoo’s iconic penguin enclosure is to close for months as urgent maintenance is carried out to fix the animals’ leaking pool, and with it the suspension of the world famous Edinburgh Penguin Parade. The work will mean that the penguin colony is split up today. The relocation process will take up to two weeks, with a third of the penguins remaining at Edinburgh Zoo and others sent to zoos in Belfast, Gloucestershire, and Odense, Denmark. Sadly some will never return. Zoo officials said the first stage of repairs would involve allowing the outdoor penguin pool to drain naturally, which will take around five weeks, followed by an assessment by a team of engineers. The enclosure is expected to reopen in the summer. Hugh Roberts, chief executive of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the charity which owns and manages Edinburgh Zoo, said: “The existing pool has served our large colony of kings, gentoos and rockhoppers extremely well for 20 years, and to ensure it continues to do so in the future, we need to carry out maintenance work.” Hopefully sometime late in 2012 the penguins will be parading in Edinburgh again.The world famous Edinburgh Penguin Parade

Penguin Picture of The Day

February 4, 2012

A Gentoo penguin pulls the strap of a visitors camera during a walk on a road covered with snow as visitors watch at the Asahiyama Zoo in Asahikawa city, Japan's northern island of Hokkaido on February 3, 2012. Penguins take a stroll everyday to exercise before visitors during the winter season.

Scottish Air Show Panics Penguins

August 22, 2010
P-P-PLEASE don’t p-p-panic the penguins! The Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been asked by the city’s zoo to change the flight paths of fighter jets that overfly the popular spectacle because the noise is upsetting its birds.

The Penguin Post has learned that Tattoo organizers have arranged several flypasts by RAF jets – which produce an ear-splitting 140 decibels of noise – to coincide with the presence of a series of dignitaries during its Diamond Jubilee run.

But Tattoo organizers have refused to change the flight paths, which take the planes directly over the animal enclosures on the city’s Corstorphine Hill, saying that it is up to zoo managers to provide protection.

A spokeswoman for Edinburgh Zoo said there had been a number of exchanges over their concerns that its penguins might panic during their breeding season.

“Edinburgh Zoo was recently contacted and advised of military flyovers during the Edinburgh Tattoo,” she said. “A number of flyovers have been planned during the Tattoo’s run, whereby the jets’ flight path is directly over the zoo’s grounds.

“Because of this the zoo requested the flight path to be changed as the noise from the low-flying planes can be stressful for the animals.”

She said that while the vast majority of the animals would be adversely affected by the roar of the engines, the penguins were most at risk.

“The penguins in particular can become distressed by the sound of the jet engines. As it is the penguin breeding season the animals can get very stressed, which could potentially lead to eggs being broken or penguin chicks being trodden on in a panic.”

In an effort to minimize the impact of the noise, some animals have been kept in their enclosures at night. However, because the penguins live in an open pen, keepers have been unable to make any special arrangements for them.

Alan Smith, the Tattoo marketing manager, said that they were aware of the zoo’s concerns and had forewarned them about the noise.

“We informed Edinburgh Zoo of the flypasts at the beginning of the run. I think that was a courtesy because there had been an issue last year with the flypasts during the RAF year. That was brought to our attention, and we felt that if we were at least trying to give them some advance notice then preparations could be made to do what they could do to protect their animals.   Smith said that both the Tattoo and the RAF had to abide by routes decided by air traffic control at Edinburgh Airport. “So it’s not as simple a question as the RAF or Edinburgh Tattoo determining the route of the aircraft.”

He added that there was just one more appearance by the RAF on Wednesday at 9pm this week: “We are obviously sympathetic to the penguins’ plight but we have one more flypast and we ask, as we always do at this time of year, for people’s patience.”

Penguins On Parade In New Zealand

August 19, 2010

If you really want the complete penguin experience this Summer head on down to Oamaru, New Zealand.  For once there  you will soon realize it is all about penguins all the time.

Needless to say the towns souvenir shops are packed with penguin memorabilia. Penguin statues, coasters, T-shirts, postage stamps, wall plates … you name it. The bars sell penguin cocktails and the takeaway outlets purport to offer Penguin burgers.

But the Penguin Post has learned that the center of this penguin mania in Oamaru is a most enchanting colony of little blue penguins right on its front door.

Located on the foreshore, adjacent to the Harbour-Tyne Precinct, the eco-tourism attraction has been sympathetically developed in the past 15 years, not only to enhance the visitor experience but also to improve the care and protection of our flippered friends.

The colony has become a fully fledged international tourist drawcard and, every night, hundreds – if not thousands – of visitors flock to the foreshore to watch the nightly parade of penguins waddling home to their nests after spending all day at sea.

The numbers vary throughout the year, as does the parade timing.

As a general rule of thumb, the penguins will come ashore just before dark.

So through August and September, the nightly spectacle takes place about 6.30pm.

However, through December and January, the longer days push the nightly show back to about the 9.30pm mark.

The visitor center features a range of engaging exhibits and, during the day, you can arrange a behind-the-scenes conservation tour and see the chicks’ nesting boxes.

A typical intersection in downtown Oamaru

Pebbles Are A Penguins Best Friend

April 23, 2010

The famous penguin enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo is a hive of activity at the moment as mating season for the Gentoo penguin has begun. There are three different species of penguin on display at the zoo. Penguin keeper Lesley Garland definitely has her hands full with her feathered friends.

Lesley said: “We’ve got three species of penguins here the tallest and the most colourful ones are our King penguins, they’ve got the lovely orange patches on either side of their heads. The main nesting site is the Gentoo penguins they have a little white band that runs across the top of their heads from eye to eye and the smallest penguins we have are our Rockhoppers and they have the lovely yellow crest on the top of their head.”

The popular penguin parade features all three penguin species and is enjoyed by visitors of all ages. It’s the first zoo in the world to exhibit the king penguins, which is why the king penguin is on the zoo logo, and they are always very popular with the public particularly when they come out on parade. Funnily enough, the parade was actually started by mistake in 1951 when the penguins went for a walk then returned to their enclosure after a gate was left open.

Pebbles are a penguin’s best friend at Edinburgh Zoo

The Gentoo breeding season is the busiest time for the penguin keepers and it is definitely their favourite time of year when they get the chance to see the penguins busy working to welcome their new chicks. Now the public can see the special event too as the zoo have installed a webcam into the nesting area which captures all the goings on.

Lesley said: “The Gentoo have just started their nest building they would build nests in the wild as well but here at Edinburgh zoo we give them concrete nests ring and then we will put piles of pebbles within the enclosure and they will collect the pebbles and fill up the nest rings themselves and its all part of their courtship display.

“Not only does it help keep the eggs and the chicks up off the ground and keep the nest nice and secure its part of the courtship, the males will select pebbles and offer them too the females and the females. If they like the pebbles will take them off the males and tuck them into the nest,” she added.

The pebbles are an important part of the mating ritual and the best pebbles are highly sought after. The penguins like smooth, round pebbles or flat pebbles, no jagged edges that could damage the eggs. The Hour logo was painted on to one of the pebbles and they will keep track of the pebble as it moves nests through out the breeding season.

Lesley said: “There is a lot of rivalry that goes on there’s a lot of rivalry over the nest sites initially and them over the pebbles… they are quite happy to steal pebbles from other nests if they like the look of a particular pebble particularly if the owners attention is distracted else where, they will just come straight in and whip any pebble out that they fancy.”

The zoo already has 95 eggs and is hoping to see the same successful breeding season as they did last year, where they had over 100. The chicks are due in May and the zoo is keen to share this exciting event via the webcam.

Keep up with the penguin antics on the Edinburgh Zoo webcam.

Penguins On Parade In St. Louis

December 31, 2009

This past Wednesday’s weather set the perfect scene for the Penguin Parade at the St. Louis Zoo.  The penguins took a break from swimming at the Penguin and Puffin Coast to join zoo visitors outdoors, much to the delight of the crowd.  Zookeepers say the penguins can take a stroll outside anytime the weather is below 50 degrees. The penguins go on their waddling parade every Sunday at 2 p.m. through February 28, weather permitting.

Waddling in the midwest

Look’s Like the Kids Will Be Waddling

October 30, 2009

Sophie Ponders If A Penguin Costume Is Cool Enough

In an act of desperation, luck and good timing I asked my two year daughter Rose if she wanted to be a penguin for tomorrows Toddler Halloween Parade down Main Street. She had been steadfast in saying for more than a week that she only wanted to be a cow, and Sophie my oldest has been a cat for 3 years in a row. So when I posed the penguin question just before bedtime Rose who will do anything to put off going to bed said yes and that she wanted to try the costume on. O.K. I thought, this bedtime stalling may work out for both of us as I promptly bolted into the penguin place “costume vault” and in a flash had one deluxe, size 2-4 penguin costume in hand. After a quick out of the plastic, over the head, arms in the flippers, hood up and over head and kids feet in the webbed costume feet she was parading and waddling in front of the full length mirror like she was auditioning for the road company of Happy Feet The Musical. With a big grin she declared “O.K. daddy, I’ll be a penguin.” With that said, my 6 year old instantly blurted out, “Daddy, I want to be a penguin too.” Back to the penguin costume vault and return with a 7-10 costume in hand. Same thing, out of plastic, over head, arms in flippers, hood up on head, feet on. Everyone is cute and happy. Now I’ve gone from no penguins in the house to all the kids are penguins. The only caveat is that Sophie wants to remove her big red bow tie. Done. Now, let’s see if they change their minds in the morning and I end up with a cow and a cat instead of a pair of penguins. Kids.


Rose Cheerfully Waddles At Home