The king penguins at the Calgary Zoo are getting ready to march; walking in their seventh year of the ever-popular stroll. Beginning on Saturday, January 12 at 11:00 a.m. the birds will start their daily waddle from Penguin Plunge.
“Our king penguin colony anticipates the walk every morning as a part of their wake-up routine,” says Dr. Malu Celli, Curator, Animal Care. “It is their decision whether to venture out and get that daily exercise, which is a big part of our environmental enrichment program and an essential component for the welfare of all animals in our care.”
This year, the zoo is inspiring its community to help king penguins by participating in the 1 Degree of Change Challenge and asking visitors to reduce their thermostat temperature by one degree. This can help to reduce energy consumption and when small actions are taken by large numbers of people, these actions can be very powerful and impactful.
King penguins are listed as least concern on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List as they need healthy polar habitats to survive and these ecosystems are heavily affected by changing climates.
Strutting their stuff this year will include Diana, Grace, Hera, Arthur, Caesar, Tut, Solomon, Nero, Edward and Cleo. Joining these birds will be the five new king penguins who arrived from Montreal in 2018.
The daily walk starts at Penguin Plunge and loops down to the Discovery Trail Bridge and back to their habitat over a 15-minute period. The walk is subject to weather conditions; if the weather is too warm (+5C) or too cold, (below-25C), or the wind exceeds 20km/hr. it will be cancelled for the welfare of the birds. Any updates will be posted to the zoo’s website and social media channels.
WHAT: Penguin Walk Media Preview
WHEN: Friday, January 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Penguin Plunge
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