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Magellanic Penguin Deaths In Brazil Being Investigated
2012-07-16 04:35:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Biologists are investigating the deaths of hundreds of penguins that were discovered washed up on the beaches at Brazil's southern Rio Grande do Sul state, various media outlets reported over the weekend. Officials with the Center of Coastal and Marine Studies (Ceclimar) told AFP reporters on Friday that the 512 Magellanic penguin bodies were found on the coast between the towns of Tramandai and Cidreira. They added that...

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2012-07-12 12:41:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While it may sound like the plot for a low-budget fright-fest of a motion picture, the ongoing battle between giant rats and South American penguins on a Chilean island could turn into a real-life horror story for the birds and the environmental activists fighting to keep them from extinction. According to Eva Vergara of the Associated Press (AP), invading rodents with bodies upwards of eight inches in length have been eating...

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2011-07-20 02:45:00

SAN FRANCISCO, July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Once you have penguins in your pocket, you'll wonder how you ever got along without them. Pocket Penguins, a new app designed and developed by the California Academy of Sciences, offers users live views of the museum's colony of charismatic African Penguins 24 hours a day. Users can toggle between three different cameras in the exhibit, including an underwater vantage point, and watch for some of the birds' most endearing behaviors, including...

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2011-07-17 05:55:00

South African researchers are in the process of attaching satellite transmitters to young African penguins in an effort to track the endangered birds and perhaps one day discover a heretofore unknown breeding colony. According to the Telegraph, a total of five penguins are set to be part of the project, the first of which was released into the wild last month. The second--a six pound, 10 week old bird that goes by the name of Richie--was outfitted with a matchbox-sized transmitter on Friday....

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2011-04-10 06:15:00

Scientists have discovered that some penguins are suffering from a mysterious condition which causes them to lose their feathers. Researchers are puzzled by the appearance of "naked" penguins on both sides of the South Atlantic. This "feather-loss disorder" has been found to afflict penguin chicks in colonies in both South Africa and on the coast of Argentina. Dee Boersma, from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), said there were fears the condition was spreading to different species....

2011-01-16 00:23:25

A female African blackfooted penguin at the Monterey Bay Aquarium laid two eggs last year, and both have now successfully hatched. The first chick on January 8, followed by a second on January 11, 2011. Monterey, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) January 14, 2011 The Monterey Bay Aquarium is pleased to announce that a second penguin egg has successfully hatched! On January 8, penguin parents Umngane and Dassen were the first to reveal that they had taken good care of their first egg. The second egg, also...

2010-12-01 08:30:00

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rescuers in South Africa have rushed to save a total of 415 endangered African penguin chicks from land and island-based penguin colonies near Cape Town, South Africa. The penguins were abandoned by their parents and were in danger of starving to death. The rescued chicks were taken to the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) where they will be hand-reared for a period of approximately six...

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2010-10-21 09:40:23

Think of it as Habitat for Penguinity. A University of Washington conservation biologist is behind the effort to build nests in the barren rocks of the Galápagos Islands in the hope of increasing the population of an endangered penguin species. Just as Habitat for Humanity crews help build houses for people who need shelter, Dee Boersma's team in late September built 120 "condominiums" for penguins. The trio created holes just large enough to serve as nests along the volcanic shoreline...

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2010-02-10 15:06:59

A colony of threatened penguins in South Africa have a little less too worry about after a ban has been placed on purse-seine fishing around the local region, according to marine biologists on Wednesday. The African penguin population dropped by 60 percent in the last 9 years, due to human fish trawling and climate change that is taking a toll on their local food supply. A drop in anchovies and sardines, means a drop in African penguins. There are an estimated 26,000 surviving pairs...

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2009-07-12 11:45:00

Linda the penguin has split up two male penguins who lived as a nesting couple for six years at the San Francisco Zoo, caretakers said. Male penguins Harry and Pepper had been so content together they were allowed to incubate and hatch an egg laid by another Magellanic penguin last year, zookeeper Anthony Brown said. Of all of the parents that year, they were the best. They took very good care of their chick, Brown told the San Francisco Examiner in a story published Saturday. Enter the widow...


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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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2006-02-20 11:50:52

The African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) is also known as the Jackass Penguin (after its donkey-like braying call). This penguin can be found on the south-western coast of Africa, living in colonies on 24 islands between Namibia and Algoa Bay, near Port Elizabeth, South Africa, with the largest colony on Dyer Island, near Kleinbaai. Two colonies were established by penguins in the 1980s on the mainland near Cape Town at Boulders Beach near Simon's Town and Stony Point in Betty's Bay....

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