Calgary Zoo mourns the loss of Humboldt Penguins

Posted on December 08

The Calgary Zoo is deeply saddened to share news of the deaths of seven Humboldt penguins discovered this morning in Penguin Plunge.

“This is devastating news,” says Jamie Dorgan, Director Animal Care, Calgary Zoo. “We have launched a full investigation so we can try to understand what happened and prevent further incidents like this from happening again.”

The birds were in their back holding area, which is regularly used to house the penguins. The zoo’s Veterinary Team has completed necropsies on all the birds and the results have determined the birds died as a result of drowning.

There were a total of 22 birds within the Humboldt colony. Three other species live in Penguin Plunge including kings, gentoos and rockhopper penguins.