Posts Tagged ‘st. louis zoo’

Escaped Penguins Not Getting Far

August 18, 2012

The Penguin Post has learned that penguins in the Calgary Zoo have been able to escape from their enclosure and are contacting people outside their water tank which has raised questions from an animal rights group.  Zoo officials say some of their Gentoo penguins have leapt from their watery habitat and shared floor space with onlookers.

One video shot by a zoo-goer shows a penguin on the viewer gallery floor mixed up in peoples’ legs. It’s a situation that should be viewed with caution, given the risk the penguins could be stressed by coming into contact with humans, said Rob Laidlaw of the group Zoocheck Canada. “It’s not a good idea for members of the public to make contact with the animals,” said Laidlaw. But Laidlaw, whose group has been sharply critical of the zoo in the past, wasn’t about to condemn the organization for how it operates its penguin exhibit. “They’re probably trying to determine whether or not this really works,” he said. “There’s concerns when people are able to access animals but not in every case…I haven’t seen their exhibit yet.” He said the Gentoo penguin’s outgoing nature might make them less vulnerable to harm from such activity. The Gentoos are among 46 penguins first exhibited at the zoo last February. The penguin exhibit was designed after one at the St. Louis Zoo and tailored to provide a more free-ranging space for the birds, said Animal Care Curator Jamie Dorgan. “Technically, the whole building is kind of their enclosure — the public pathway is part of the exhibit,” he said. Penguins do occasionally escape the core of their enclosure, bordered by a short plexiglass wall, during business hours, said Dorgan, but more commonly at nighttime. Staff are there to monitor the crowd to prevent the birds being touched, but the zoo considers the open concept a good one for both animals and humans. “It connects people a lot more with the animals and with our conservation efforts,” said Dorgan, comparing the environment to the zoo’s rainforest aviary when birds fly free. The penguins, he adds, were born in and transferred from other zoos and have only known the presence of humans. “We don’t see any signs of stress,” he said. But he said if any changes to the present set-up are required in the future, they’ll be made. Zoo officials say exhibits that include four species of penguins have been hugely popular and will likely be seen by 1.2 million people this year.

A Couple of Gentoo Penguins at The Calgary Zoo

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Penguin Takes A Bite Out Of Newt

April 17, 2012

As if Newt Gingrich’s campaign wasn’t in enough trouble now at least one penguin at the St. Louis Zoo appears to be counted on as one more feisty opponent of Mr. Gingrich.  The Republican presidential candidate is now sporting a small bandage on his finger after getting nipped by a penguin during his tour of the zoo on Friday.  Gingrich was in St. Louis to speak during the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting, and The Penguin Post has learned that the minor penguin incident occurred during a visit to the popular zoo in Forest Park.  Gingrich was being treated to a behind-the-scenes visit with two Magellanic penguins when when one took exception, as one of the penguins obviously was not a fan and nipped Gingrich on the finger.  Zoo spokeswoman Susan Gallagher says a small bandage was all the medical care required. The penguin was reported to be in fine spirits.

The guilty penguin after a brief meeting with the Secret Service.

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