Friday, August 29, 2008

A crowded beach

from Flickr, by CharlesFred

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Penguin Kinda Love

Photo from Flickr, by LifeHouseDesign

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Penguin Alarm Clock with Feet

Are you tired of boring alarm clocks? Look no further than a Present Time Alarm Clock. These analog clocks will ensure that your child can read the time when it's not just displayed as numbers. Help them understand the relationship of one time of day to another. This Present Time Penguin Alarm Clock with Feet features an adorable animal and a unique tilt and sound. Great gift for the time constrained or time conscious person in your life.

On sale $17.99 at Peanut Gallery Gifts

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hold on!

from Flickr, by Swamibu

Monday, August 25, 2008

Are you my mommy?

Kyoto, a three-week old baby king penguin, nestles up to a toy plush penguin placed to simulate a parent in the nursery at the Cincinnati Zoo. The baby penguin, taken from its parents and placed in the zoo's nursery as standard procedure, will be reintroduced to his family when his down feathers come in.

Photo credit: Al Behrman / AP

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Penguin Mug

Wheel thrown mug..
After throwing the mug this happy penguin is hand sculpted on.
The Handle is Hand Pulled and attached keeping a comfortable generous fit in mind. Hand Painted with Lead Free Glazes.

So cool!

This mug measures aprox. 6 inches tall and holds aprox. 26 oz. of your favorite HOT or Cold beverage.

$25.00 at MudFairy's store on etsy.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Parasite found in Galápagos penguins

A parasite has been found in Galápagos penguins, raising fears among researchers that it could lead to avian malaria, a disease that contributed significantly to the 50 percent extinction rate of endemic birds in Hawaii.

The discovery resulted from a long-term study to monitor diseases in Galápagos birds, conducted by researchers from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, the St. Louis Zoo, Galápagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation.

Dr. Parker, a professor of zoological studies at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, said the parasite was in the genus Plasmodium, which includes several malaria-causing species. The recently discovered parasite appears to be a new species and is so far unnamed.

The parasite was probably introduced by human activity, she said. Tourism has increased to 140,000 visitors in 2006 from 40,000 in 1990.

Source: New York Times

Friday, August 15, 2008

New baby at Cincinnati Zoo

The newest addition to the Cincinnati Zoo is ready for their close-up. The zoo's king penguin chick, baby Kyoto hatched two weeks ago.

Both mom and dad shared incubation duties for 54 days until the chick broke through the shell.

Penguins do not have external parts like humans, so it's not clear yet if it's a boy or a girl.

For now the baby will be on display with its dad, in the Wings of Wonder exhibit. Next week Kyoto will move to the nursery display.

It is the second king penguin chick successfully hatched at the zoo. There are about two million king penguins in the wild but only 15 zoos in North America have them.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Penguin at Edinburgh Zoo to be knighted

We've posted previously about Nils Olav, a King Penguin living in Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland. He is the mascot and Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian King's Guard.

His current full title is Honorary Colonel-in-Chief Nils Olav, of the King's Guard of Norway.

The bird is to be given his highest rank yet at a ceremony featuring a parade of more than 130 troops from the regiment. Nils Olav will now be knighted.

The new honor has been sanctioned by Norway's King Harald V.

He has even prepared a message to honor the bird, which will be escorted into the ceremony with a fanfare by the King's Guard trumpet corps.

Captain Rune Wiik, of the King's Guard, said: "We are extremely proud of Nils Olav and pleased that an enduring part of the Royal Guard is resident in Scotland, helping to further strengten ties between our two countries."

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Penguin Pin

This cute little guy would love to make your sweater, jacket, bag or even cushion his new home...

He has been hand stitched from black felt & stuffed with polyester stuffing to make him rather plump. The listing is for one brooch only, approx 2 1/4 inches (6cm) high with a brooch fastener securely stitched on the back

$16.00 at lupin's store on etsy

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Recycle or the penguin gets it

Ash Waste Services is one of the largest privately owned waste management and recycling companies in Northern England and the North Wales area. The company sponsors a penguin colony and hopes to promote recycling with personal messages from its mascot, Chilly the penguin.

The cheeky character has been displayed on trucks with outlandish statements such as “Recycle or the penguin gets it” and “Recycle – this time it’s personal.”

On of the features on the Ash Waste website is a Kids Cool Zone, encouraging kids to play and learn about the environment.

I really loved the "Dress the Penguin" page where you can drag items of clothing onto a cute little penguin and dress him up.

Here's one of the “Recycle or the penguin gets it” trucks:

Monday, August 11, 2008

Penguin rescuers deployed to Brazil

More than 1000 juvenile Magellanic penguins have washed-up either dead or dying along the Brazilian coast and as far north as Natal in Rio Grande do Norte, 3000 km north of Sao Paulo. IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - ) deployed a team of penguin rehabilitation experts to assist local animal centers that are handling penguins for the first time.

"This event appears to be a natural occurrence and has been seen 2 or 3 times in the last 20 years, resulting in the death of thousands of birds. What really took us by surprise this time is the huge increase in numbers," said Valeria Ruoppolo of IFAW.

The Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) breed in large colonies in southern Argentina and Chile and migrate north as far as Southwest Brazil between March and September. According to experts, there is a flow of warmer water (1C higher than normal), which has caused the juvenile penguins to keep going north, past their usual range, where they are unable to find adequate food. Almost all of the penguins being found on beaches in northeastern Brazil have been juveniles and since they are starving, they come into care in an extremely debilitated state.

IFAW's experience in rehabilitation has saved the lives of tens of thousands of penguins. In 2000, IFAW helped save an entire species -- rehabilitating and releasing 19,000 African Penguins caught in the Treasure oil spill off South Africa. Today, IFAW's oiled wildlife response team is widely recognized as the world's finest.

Photo credit: Ricardo Moraes / AP

Source: Market Watch

Friday, August 8, 2008

Penguins in Scotland

Penguin parade in Dundee, Scotland.

Photo: Straymuffin

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Brazil's penguin visitors

According to Tony at Brazil Travel Blog, penguins appear along the Brazilian coast on a regular basis during the subtropical winter, but penguins in Bahia are a very rare occurrence.

Widely reported by the media this year is the appearance of penguins places as far as Salvador. On a single weekend, 25 penguins were rescued in the Salvador area.

Most of the penguins found are chicks. They come from the Argentinian Patagonia and migrate to the south of Brazil in their search for food. Scientists believe that due to global warming and the melting of the poles the Malvinas current is stronger and taking the penguins farther north than ever before.

Photo: Tony Galvez

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008

Lincoln Park Zoo's new baby

The Lincoln Park Zoo's rockhopper penguin chick hatched in early July, and zookeepers don't yet know its sex. Sure is a cutie!

Photo credit: Greg Neise, Lincoln Park Zoo

(via Chicagoist)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Celebrity perks

Actress Jennifer Connelly got a treat: a behind the scenes tour of SeaWorld in San Diego. She was put to work feeding a bunch of hungry penguins. She looks like she’s having a great time.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Splash Zone: Penguin Cam

Live camera stream of the blackfooted penguins in the Splash Zone exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California.

Watch the penguins