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2009-03-10 13:56:38

For the second time in eight years, a Toronto sculptor's aluminum penguin has been stolen, thousands of miles from the site of the first theft in Canada. Yolanda vanderGaast created three of the 3-foot Emperor penguin sculptures in 2001, which entrepreneur and philanthropist Louis Odette purchased and donated to the southwestern Ontario city of Windsor. One of the penguins was stolen, and despite a well-publicized police media blitz and divers scouring the Detroit River, it was never found,...

2009-01-27 23:30:41

U.S. researchers say Antarctica's emperor penguins could be extinct in parts of the region by the end of the 21st century. Biologists with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution say mathematical models suggest climate change and the resulting loss of sea ice could shrink the large penguin colony in Terre Adelie from 3,000 down to 400 breading pairs before the end of this century. Researchers said sea ice serves as a platform for penguins and as a grazing ground for krill, tiny crustaceans...

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2009-01-27 11:00:00

Immortalized by the blockbuster 2005 movie "March of the Penguins," the emperor penguin is in grave danger of becoming extinct before the end of the century, say Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers. Founded on predictions of melting sea ice from climate change numbers, the penguins will most likely see their figures dive by 95% by 2100. The five researchers, including WHOI biologists Stephanie Jenouvrier and Hal Caswell, took mathematical models to calculate the outcome...

2009-01-15 14:48:39

Environmentalists say the British government is not doing enough to prevent the extinction of northern rockhopper penguins. The birds are vanishing from the British territory of St. Helena in the South Atlantic at a rate of 100 birds every day. The Times of London said about 2 million northern rockhopper penguins have disappeared from Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island over the past five decades. Ornithologists say they don't know why the birds are disappearing so quickly. The newspaper said...

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2009-01-12 15:05:00

A new Australian study finds that the removal of cats in 2000 caused "catastrophic" damage to Macquarie Island, a World Heritage Site that lies roughly halfway between Australia and Antarctica. The cats, which had served as a check on rabbits, were eradicated because they were also eating seabirds.  Since then, rabbit numbers have risen sharply, and the animals have devastated the flora to the extent that the changes can even be seen from space. The Australian government now plans to...

2009-01-01 13:04:43

A spokeswoman for SeaWorld in San Diego said 30 penguins have been born at the park since early November. Spokeswoman Kelly Terry said the busy breeding season saw the births of seven macaroni penguins, six gentoo and 17 Adelies, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Thursday. Terry said some of the newborn birds are being raised by their parents in the Penguin Encounter exhibit at SeaWorld, while keepers are raising others by hand in a nursery.

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2008-11-19 13:30:00

Scientists have reported the discovery of a rare species of penguin that has been extinct for 500 years. The Waitaha penguin first arrived on the islands of New Zealand around 1250. However, when Polynesian settlers entered New Zealand, the penguins became extinct by 1500 due to hunting. Tests on the older bones "lead us to describe a new penguin species that became extinct only a few hundred years ago," the team reported in a paper in the biological research journal Proceedings of the Royal...

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2008-10-30 15:10:00

Rescuers have gone to the relief of African penguin chicks orphaned and in danger of starving to death in colonies around the Western Cape coastline of South Africa. Yesterday, in a mercy mission to Dyer Island, officials rescued an initial 35 chicks and more will likely be collected from the island in the coming days. Dyer Island, situated about eight kilometres (5 miles) offshore from Gansbaai in the Western Cape, is an important breeding colony for about 4,000 African penguins. The rescue...

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2008-10-09 13:10:03

Over half of all colonies of penguins in Antarctica face a decline or total wipe out if the earth's temperature rises by just 2 degrees Celsius, a new report said on Thursday. "The problem is very serious. Antarctica and the Arctic are the most threatened regions from climate change," said Juan Casavelos, WWF's Antarctic Climate Change Coordinator. In the WWF report titled "2 deg C is Too Much" experts said unless nations slash carbon emissions, the world would warm by an average 2 deg C in...

2008-09-16 09:00:29

NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The ultimate expedition for Penguin lovers will take place in November 2009 when Quark Expeditions' Kapitan Khlebnikov cuts the ice and journeys to Snow Hill Island and South Georgia seeking the world's two largest penguins. On board the 22-day "Emperors & Kings: Snow Hill and South Georgia" expedition will be internationally acclaimed wildlife artist Robert Bateman and renowned wildlife photographer Birgit Freybe Bateman. To view the Multimedia...


Latest Penguins Reference Libraries

Antarctic Silverfish, Pleuragramma antarcticum
2012-04-02 17:14:35

The Antarctic Silverfish, (Pleuragramma antarcticum), is a member of the Notothenioidei family of fish. It is widely distributed around the Antarctic, but has largely disappeared from the western side of the northern Antarctic Peninsula based on 2010 research funded by the National Science Foundation. It is also found throughout the Southern Ocean. It grows to an average size of 6 inches, but has been known to reach lengths of up to 10 inches. It is usually pink with a silver tint, and...

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2009-02-21 20:36:35

The Snowy Sheathbill (Chionis alba) also known as the Pale-faced Sheathbill, is a species of bird that is mostly terrestrial (ground dwelling). It is Antarctica's only permanently land-based bird species. It occurs in Antarctica, the Scotia Arc, the South Orkneys and South Georgia. The extreme southern populations migrate northward in the winter. The adult is about 15 to 16 inches long with a wingspan of 30 to 31.5 inches. It is pure white except for its bill and pink warty face. Its...

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2006-02-20 12:22:37

The Galápagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) is a penguin common to the Galápagos Islands. It is the only penguin to live on the equator. Its nearest relatives are the African Penguin, the Magellanic Penguin and the Humboldt Penguin. The Galápagos Penguin occurs primarily on Fernandina Island and the west coast of Isabela Island, but small populations are scattered on other islands in the Galápagos archipelago. Galápagos Penguins grow to an average of 53 cm tall. They have...

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2006-02-20 12:10:17

The Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) is a South American species which breeds in coastal Peru and Chile. Its nearest relatives are the African Penguin, the Magellanic Penguin and the Galápagos Penguin. Thise penguin is named after Alexander von Humboldt, a naturalist and explorer who first described the animal. Humboldt Penguins are medium-sized, black and white penguins, growing to 53 cm tall. They have a black head with a white border running from behind the eye, around the...

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2006-02-20 11:55:42

The Magellanic penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) is a South American penguin which breeds in coastal Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands, with some migrating to Brazil. It is the most numerous of the Spheniscus penguins. Its nearest relatives are the African Penguin, the Humboldt Penguin and the Galápagos Penguin. This medium-sized, black and white penguin grows to an average of 76 cm tall. They have a black head with a broad white border running from behind the eye, around the...

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