Calgary, AB – The Calgary Zoo’s popular Penguin Walk is celebrating its fifth anniversary as the king penguins will once again take to the pathways for another royal waddle through the zoo. Starting on Saturday, January 14, 2017, the birds will be walking every day at 11:00 a.m.
“In the wild, king penguins can travel far distances to find open water; by giving them the choice of a daily walk is tremendous for their welfare,” says Dr. Malu Celli, Curator, Calgary Zoo.
The birds will begin their public walks in front of the Penguin Plunge building and continue down to the Discovery Trail Bridge before looping back up to their habitat. The walks are dependent on the birds’ desire to join in and could be cancelled if the weather is warmer than +5C, drops to below -25C or if the conditions are too windy.
To mark the fifth anniversary, special parade marshal, Dave Kelly, will join the birds during a preview walk on Friday, January 13, 2017. As well, there is a new addition to walk, the zoo’s male king penguin chick, who hatched August 6, 2016. Visitors can catch up to nine king penguins participating in the daily walk including: Diana, Grace, Hera, Arthur, Caesar, Tut, Solomon, Nero and the chick.
While king penguin populations in the wild are seeing slight increases, the birds continue to face threats of climate change and rising sea temperatures. As a conservation organization, the Calgary Zoo encourages its visitors to make small changes in their lives such as choosing to purchase sustainable seafood products. There are currently about 1.6 million king penguin breeding pairs in the wild population.
WHAT: Penguin Walk Preview with parade marshal, Dave Kelly.
WHEN: 11:00 a.m., Fri. Jan. 13, 2017
WHERE: Penguin Plunge
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