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emperor penguins
2014-06-30 04:52:56

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In less than 100 years, global warming’s impact on the sea ice where emperor penguins breed will result in the loss of at least one-fifth of the species’ population, according to new research appearing in the June 29 edition of the journal Nature Climate Change. There are currently 600,000 emperor penguins living in Antarctica and populations in 45 known colonies are expected to increase slightly by 2050 before declining over...

elusive emperor penguins
2014-06-26 03:11:24

PLOS Field surveys and satellites complement each other when studying remote penguin populations, according to research published June 25 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by André Ancel from the CNRS at Strasbourg and colleagues. Penguins residing on Antarctica's ice sheets must face moving, breaking, and shifting ice. Accurate monitoring of population trends is critical to understanding the ongoing rapid changes in Antarctic ecosystems. However, the remoteness and logistical...

Shrinking Habitat Doesn't Keep Emperor Penguins From Breeding
2014-01-09 11:35:03

[ Watch the Video: Emperor Penguins Are Breeding On Ice Shelves ] Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online The emperor penguins of Antarctica, which have lost much of their breeding habitat due to shrinking ice pack, have shown their resiliency to environmental impacts by moving to new breeding locations where ice is thicker, as has been seen via satellite images, reports BBC News' Jonathan Amos. A new study, published in the online journal PLOS ONE, describes the...

Staying Warm For Emperor Penguins Means Getting Into Traffic Jams
2013-12-17 13:44:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Emperor penguins purposely get themselves into traffic jams in order to help combat the harsh conditions of an Antarctic winter, according to a new study published in the New Journal of Physics. Researchers used mathematical models to recreate the positions, movements and interactions of individual penguins in a huddle, revealing that an individual penguin only needs to move less than an inch in any direction for its neighbor to react....

Penguins Budget Their Time Wisely By Using Sea Ice To Rest
2012-11-22 12:22:00

[ Video 1 ] [ Video 2 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers tracking the behavior of emperor penguins near the sea have identified the importance of sea ice for their feeding habits. The team wrote in the journal PLOS ONE about the emperor penguins foraging behavior through the birds' chick-rearing season. Emperor penguins spend more time than other penguins diving for food, and only use about 30 percent of their time at sea to take short breaks to rest...

Giant Fossil Penguin From New Zealand Reconstructed
2012-02-28 08:07:11

Scientists on Tuesday published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology their work on a completely reconstructed fossil of a giant penguin that lived in New Zealand some 25 million years ago, work that will give researchers insight into prehistoric penguin diversity. The fossil of the Kairuku -- Maori for “diver that returns with food” -- penguin, a bird that stood 4 feet 2 inches tall, was discovered embedded in a cliff at Waimate in the South Island in 1977 by Dr. Ewan...

Lost Penguin 'Happy Feet' Returns Home To Antarctica
2011-08-30 05:05:23

  Hundreds of people have visited Wellington Zoo in New Zealand to bid farewell to a lost emperor penguin that washed ashore 3,000 miles from home, desperately ill after consuming sand he had mistaken for snow. Nicknamed Happy Feet, the penguin began his journey home to Antarctica on Monday after recovering from lifesaving surgery to remove 7 pounds of sand from his stomach. "We have a bittersweet moment, I think, for the zoo," said Wellington Zoo chief executive Karen Fifield...

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2011-08-17 13:25:00

A young Emperor penguin stranded on a New Zealand beach thousands of miles from home is heading back home on a research ship. The penguin will be riding back to the subantarctic in a specially designed cage on August 29. The bird has been living in the Wellington Zoo since June, and locals have nicknamed the penguin "Happy Feet". "The NIWA team are looking forward to having this extra special guest onboard the vessel with us for the journey," Rob Murdoch of NIWA, the research organization...

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2010-10-01 06:05:00

Paleontologists have unearthed the fossilized remains of a giant penguin in Peru that lived 36 million years ago.  The discovery is the first extinct penguin ever found with preserved evidence of scales and feathers, the researchers said. The new species, dubbed Inkayacu paracasensis, or Water King, had feathers that were reddish brown and grey, distinct from the black tuxedoed look of modern day penguins.  At nearly five feet tall, the Inkayacu was one of the largest penguins ever...

2010-08-26 15:36:00

WATERBURY, Vt., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- In June, Quark Expeditions and SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment launched a travel contest that invited North Americans to share their passion for the environment. The prize is a $45,000 icebreaker expedition for two to Antarctica accompanied by SeaWorld Animal Ambassador, Julie Scardina. A week before the contest ends, the contest sponsors have announced the names of the winner selection committee. From SeaWorld, Animal Ambassador Julie Scardina,...


Latest Aptenodytes Reference Libraries

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2006-02-17 16:48:15

The King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) is the second largest species of penguin. At about 3 ft (900 mm) tall and weighing 24 to 33 lb (11 to 15 kg), it is second only to the Emperor Penguin in size and weight. Currently there is a world population of roughly four million King Penguins, which are divided into two subspecies (A. p. patagonicus and A. p. halli). King penguins have a diet that consists of small fish, krill, crustaceans and squid "“ chiefly due to its location on the...

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2006-02-17 16:02:43

Penguins (order Sphenisciformes, family Spheniscidae) are flightless birds found in the southern hemisphere. Species and habitats There are 17 to 18 species known worldwide, depending on whether the two Eudyptula species are counted as distinct. Even though all penguin species are native to the southern hemisphere, they are not found only in cold climates, such as Antarctica. In fact, only a few species of penguin actually live so far south. There are three species that live in the...

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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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