We’re kicking off 2019 with the return of our beloved Penguin Walk! Beginning Saturday, January 12, 2019 and running until March 31, 2019 (weather dependent), our king penguins will hit the pavement at 11 a.m. for their daily walk.
In the wild, king penguins travel great distances to reach open water. Giving our penguins the choice of a daily walk is extremely beneficial for their welfare. The penguins will explore, exercise and waddle their way from Penguin Plunge to Discovery Bridge before looping back to their habitat. With five new king penguins at the Calgary Zoo this year and a whopping 15 total, the anticipation to see who will partake in the 7th year of this incredible daily enrichment activity has never been greater!
While king penguins are listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, they do face threats of climate change and rising sea temperatures. King penguins and other polar animals need healthy polar habits to survive and these ecosystems are heavily affected by changing climates. We can work together to keep those ecosystems healthy by reducing our collective energy consumption.
We invite you to join us in the 1 Degree of Change challenge by turning our thermostats down by one degree in the winter. Just as polar animals have warm layers of blubber, fur or feathers, we can do our part by wearing warm layers like sweaters and fuzzy socks to warm up before we turn up the hear. When small actions are taken in large numbers, those actions can be very powerful.
The Penguin Walk is a free-choice activity for the penguins and therefore dependent on their desire to participate. The walk is also subject to weather conditions – if temperatures reach warmer than +5C, drop below -25C, or if the conditions are too windy, the walk will be cancelled for the welfare of the birds. Please keep an eye on the zoo’s website and its social media channels for any updates to the walk.