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Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by vogelcommando, 3 Oct 2014.

  1. vogelcommando

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    Understand they hope to get African penguins,and a walk through aviary with Inca Terns.
     
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    African Penguins ? why would they want African Penguins for
     
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    Because people like seeing penguins?

    Much as I'd like to see Chinstrap, Adelie or even Emperor in a climate controlled facility, that would cost a LOT of money. In Bournemouth King, Gentoo or Rockhopper would probably need to be kept indoors as well. All on that list bar Gentoo would probably be hard-ish to source.

    By contrast, African or Humboldt's are self-sustaining in captivity.African are probably a better bet to cope with south coast summers.

    Not hugely exciting news as far as I'm concerned, but pretty unsurprising also, I'd have said.
     
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    I wish Chester would do something similar with their penguin enclosure.
     
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    I'd like to see Steamer Ducks, although from what I've read they're a risk with anything smaller.
     
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    Unlike several other, similarly-sized aquaria in the UK creating temperature-controlled 'ice-box' enclosures for small groups of gentoo penguins, the design here is for an outdoor exhibit, and therefore only really suitable for a couple of available species: African or Humboldts. I'm not convinced small seaside aquaria really have the space for any penguin species, but both African and Humboldt penguins survive and breed in very small enclosures, and I guess always look sufficiently comical for the public to never really have concerns seeing them in this way. However, the enclosure here may be much larger than the designs suggest, so I reserve judgement until it's completed. Also, seeing penguins in a tiny enclosure and pool amongst the greenery of a stately home I think elicits less concern than when they're seen out the back of an aquarium building on a busy seafront.
     
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    The aquarium's resident male, Green Sea Turtle (Friday) has moved to the National Marine Aquarium this week. The Loggerhead Turtles mentioned up-thread will replace him in the Great Barrier Reef tank
     
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    Nisha, any idea whether the other green turtle is still there ?
    (One was called Friday as you mention, and the other was called Crusoe I believe.)