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Penguin feet

These wonderfully colourful feet belong to a Gentoo Penguin, taken on 6 December 2012 at the Calgary Zoo. I was surprised that Penguins don't seem to have feet that prevent them from slipping on ice.


The Calgary Zoo has four species of Penguin in their Penguin Plunge exhibit - Gentoo (23), King (8), Humboldt (10) and Rockhopper (5). They are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums penguin species survival plan.


The 46 penguins came from zoos in Quebec, Texas, New York and Washington states and Scotland. There are 8 King Penguins, 23 Gentoo Penguins, 10 Humboldt Penguins and 5 Rockhopper Penguins. The IUCN Red List states:


King Penguins - Least Concern

Humboldt Penguins - Vulnerable

Gentoo Penguins - Near Threatened

Rockhopper Penguins - Vulnerable


Current Impacts on the Gentoo population include climate variation, competition with fisheries, human disturbance, pollution.


Gentoos can hold their breath underwater for up to seven minutes. They usually search for food within 14 kilometres of home, but may travel up to twice that distance in a day.


The Calgary Zoo does not have a Penguin webcam, but the link below will give you an idea of what we see and hear in Calgary.

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Taken on December 6, 2012