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2009-06-04 15:35:21

Germany's Bremerhaven zoo reports that two "gay" adult male penguins have hatched a chick and are now acting as its adoptive parents. The male penguins, Z and Vielpunkt, were given an egg that had been rejected by its biological parents, the zoo said on Wednesday. Z and Vielpunkt reported to be happily rearing the chick, which is now four weeks old. Bremerhaven zoo made headlines in 2005 when it announced plans to "test" the sexual orientation of penguins with homosexual qualities. Three...

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2009-05-20 16:10:00

Experts said Wednesday that African penguins are disappearing at an alarming rate due to depleted food stocks from commercial fishing and global warming affects on breeding patterns, The AFP reported. A statement issued after an international African penguin conference in Cape Town said: "Last year there were only about 26,000 pairs of African Penguins left in southern Africa (this represents their global population) "” a decline of about 121,000 breeding pairs since 1956." Urgent...

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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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2008-07-31 11:28:54

About 300 penguins originating from frigid waters are being found washed up on shores closer to the equator than usual, according to Brazilian wildlife authorities. The capital city of Salvador is roughly 600 miles closer to the equator than Miami, and temperatures in the current Southern Hemisphere winter are in the mid-70s. "This is unheard of. There have even been reports of penguins washing up as far as Aracaju," Silva said, referring to a beachside state capital even closer to the...

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2008-07-19 00:40:00

Rescuers and penguin experts are concerned about hundreds of baby penguins washing up dead on Rio de Janeiro's tropical beaches after being swept from the icy shores of Antarctica and Patagonia. Eduardo Pimenta, superintendent for the state coastal protection and environment agency in the resort city of Cabo Frio, said over the last couple of months more than 400 penguins, most of them young, have been found dead on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro state. Pimenta said it is common to find some...

2008-07-17 12:00:39

To: OUTDOORS EDITORS Contact: Michael Booth of IFAW - US, +52-55-5662-0559, mbooth@ifaw.org; or Joaquin de la Torre of IFAW - Latin America, +52 (55) 5662-0559 ext. 114, jtorreponce@ifaw.org MEXICO CITY,July17/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following a thorough rehabilitation process conducted by wildlife specialists, 40 penguins returned to their ocean home today off the coast of Maldonado, Uruguay. IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) and local group SOCOBIOMA...

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2008-06-28 15:35:00

Researchers have developed surveillance technology that can identify thousands of near identical African Penguins and then monitor them over long periods of time. The system will boost our understanding of the animals and it could even help ecologists solve the mystery of how long penguins live, the team said. It could also be used to track other species, from cheetahs to sharks. The Royal Society's Summer Exhibition is currently displaying the groundbreaking technology. "Until now, if you...

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2008-04-24 18:58:20

What's black and white and warm all over? A penguin in a wetsuit, naturally. Sounds like a joke, but it's quite serious for biologists at the California Academy of Sciences, who had a wetsuit created for an African penguin to help him get back in the swim of things. Pierre, a venerable 25 years old, was going bald, which left him with an embarrassingly exposed, pale pink behind. Unlike marine mammals, which have a layer of blubber to keep them warm, penguins rely on their waterproof feathers....

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2005-09-27 13:22:19

Newly hatched magellanic penguin chicks in breeding grounds with a large number of human visitors show a significant spike in levels of a stress-related hormone compared to chicks hatched in areas not visited by humans, a University of Washington research team has found. It wasn't until chicks with limited human exposure reached 40 to 50 days old that they showed a stress response like the newly hatched chicks in areas frequented by humans, said researcher Brian Walker, who led the work as...


Latest Spheniscus Reference Libraries

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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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  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
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