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a natural signpost in the Zoo, made by cute Penguins :)

King Penguins. Grytviken, South Georgia.

The Calgary Zoo's king penguins are allowed to venture out of their enclosure for a 15- minute stroll . This program ( 1st of its kind in Canada) is popular with the zoo visitors. So far, the birds seem to love the change in their routine too.


King Penguins have the perfect disposition for a public walk:They follow directions, stick together, and are content to stroll at a leisurely pace.

Gentoo Penguin at Edinburgh Zoo :-)

A Humboldt penguin taken at Twycross Zoo


Humboldt penguins have a white front with a brown/black head and back. They have a white border surrounding the dark face feathers.


Humboldt penguins are threatened by poaching, over-fishing of their food species, collection of guano and pollution which increases the risk of disease and are therefore classed as Vulnerable. The guano that covers the nest sites is a good fertiliser, but collection disturbs breeding for the following years. These penguins are protected in Chile and guano collection is regulated.

Punta Tombo, Chubut, Argentina

A pair of Erect Crested penguins at St. Louis Zoo. My flash gave them evil looking eyes. They looked cool so I didn't try to fix them.


I went back to the St Louis Zoo shots to see if I could salvage some of the discarded shots. I thought I'd blown all the shots from inside the penguin exhibit but there were a few I was able to save.

The Gentoo and the King penguins at the outside exhibit at the Calgary Zoo

The penguin colony at Betty's Bay, South Africa

Dellingsdawn sent me this magnificent Antarctica card. It is so beautiful!!!!! One of my all time favourites :)

It's Christmas day and it's snowing. I open the door to the backyard and I see

this little fellow with happy feet standing and looking at me.

Then he turns to me and says: " I can see you guys got lots of snow here, but

down south where I'm from, we are melting. It's getting warmer and warmer and

we are losing it, also heard Polar Bears up north are losing their home too, would

you please save our planet. " !

... :)

The king penguin in the front is a female. Her suitor is behind her and his rival at the back. The rival kept attacking the suitor with his beak. Volunteer Point, East Falkland.


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The Calgary Zoo has four species of Penguin - Gentoo, King, Humboldt, and Rockhopper. They are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums penguin species survival plan.


At the time this photo was taken, on 6 December 2012, there were 46 penguins, which had recently come from zoos in Quebec, Texas, New York and Washington states and Scotland. There were 8 King Penguins, 23 Gentoo Penguins, 10 Humboldt Penguins and 5 Rockhopper Penguins, though I know numbers have changed slightly since then. The IUCN Red List states:


"King Penguins - Least Concern

Humboldt Penguins - Vulnerable

Gentoo Penguins - Near Threatened

Rockhopper Penguins - Vulnerable


The King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) is the second largest species of penguin at about 11 to 16 kg (24 to 35 lb), second only to the Emperor Penguin. There are two subspecies—A. p. patagonicus and A. p. halli; patagonicus is found in the South Atlantic and halli elsewhere.


King Penguins eat small fish, mainly lanternfish, and squid and rely less than most Southern Ocean predators on krill and other crustaceans. On foraging trips they repeatedly dive to over 100 metres (330 ft), often over 200 metres (660 ft).


King Penguins breed on the subantarctic islands at the northern reaches of Antarctica, South Georgia, and other temperate islands of the region. The total population is estimated to be 2.23 million pairs and is increasing."


Link to article about fossilised giant penguin bones which lived 27-24 million years ago:


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Showing off at the Boston Aquarium

The Adélie Penguin, Pygoscelis adeliae, is a species of penguin common along the entire Antarctic coast. They are among the most southerly distributed of all seabirds, as are the Emperor Penguin, the South Polar Skua, the Wilson's Storm Petrel, the Snow Petrel, and the Antarctic Petrel. In 1840, French explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville named them for his wife, Adèle.

penguin colony, magdalena island, Magellan strait, patagonia, chile

A King Penguin in South Georgia, Antarctica

All penguins have a white belly and a dark (mostly black) back. Penguins cannot fly, but they can swim very well. They have good hearing and can see underwater. The white and black colors are for camouflage (to help them hide) when they swim. So, when a predator looking from underwater sees the white belly and wings of the penguin, they can not see it well with the light coming from above. Also, from above, the penguin's black backs can not be seen well in the dark water. The biggest penguins may stand nearly 4 feet tall and can weigh almost 100 pounds. The smallest kinds are only about one foot tall. Penguins also have a thick layer of blubber that helps them be warm, and their feathers are very tightly packed to make another cover. They also have a layer of woolly down under the feathers, that are coated with a type of oil that makes them waterproof.



Penguin parents are incredibly attentive to their young. They often stand just behind them for hours and hours on end—feeding, protecting, and just waiting for the chicks to grow up.

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