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"Zooooo you like me?" - Happy FRISKY Friday ~

These African Penguins seem to be having a cozy encounter :)

 

They were at the Ft. Worth Zoo, Texas and behind glass.

 

Name: African Penguin

Scientific name: Spheniscus demersus

Range: Penguin species occur only in the Southern Hemisphere

Habitat: African penguins are native to subtropical environments

Status: ENDANGERED

Diet in the wild: Penguins feed on marine animals. Size varies with depth of ocean.

Diet in the zoo: small fish

Location in the zoo: Penguin Island

 

The African penguin is 20 inches tall and weighs 6-7 lb.. Color and shapes of the penguins varies with each species. Usually the chest and head are either yellow, red, white, black and blue. Their heads are long, and their beaks are pointed.

 

Penguins locate their nests under rocks or vegetation for shade and predator protection. There are 17 total species and only 4 live year round on ice.

 

Penguins are warm blooded and can swim in waters half their body temperature (which would be the equivalent of you or me swimming in 48 degree water). In cold water, the penguins breed during the warm seasons. Those who live in warm climates breed anytime. They lay 1-2 eggs.

 

Currently, there is one male penguin on loan which was caught in the wild in 1977. Most of the penguins at the Fort Worth Zoo were donated by the San Antonio Zoo when their penguin exhibit was closed. Here at the zoo they are fed trout, and they are tagged by the workers in order to monitor behavior, how much they consume, and training.

  

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Taken on May 12, 2009