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King penguins in Europe

Discussion in 'Europe - General' started by vogelcommando, 19 Nov 2016.

  1. vogelcommando

    vogelcommando Well-Known Member

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    King penguins have a long history in European zoos but even so they are not doing very well. At the 17 collections currently keeping the species every year a small number of young are hatched and reared.
    Here we can place all the news, ideas, thought and so on about the species in Europe.
     
  2. Clem

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    Interesting thread !
    Firstly, for those who don't know which zoos have King penguins :
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    I had the occasion to see those beautiful birds in some zoos like Munich/Basel/Zurich/Rotterdam but I had ever be "shocked" by the enclosures :
    - Basel/Zurich have indoor areas for them (they can only get out in the winter), but always made of a concrete floor with some rocks, an artificial light and a swimming pool. Munich is a little bit better with true rocks but always not a real natural light ...
    - Rotterdam seems a little bit better but it's not a revolution compare to the other one I had seen.

    That's why I have a question : should zoos keep King penguins (and the Emperor one)?
    Isn't other ways to keep them ? 8 months in a small fridge, 4 months only outside ...

    Despite my "sharp" post, I really like those birds and would love to see them in zoos but in better condition, with natural light, big pool, and something different than concrete (why not "pebble" ? I'm not sure of the word :/ )
     
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  4. vogelcommando

    vogelcommando Well-Known Member

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    At Antwerp Zoo the second King penguin for 2016 hatched during August after an incubation-period of 57 days.. The egg was exchanged for a dummy egg with the parents and incubated in an incubator. After hatching the young - which got the name "Ra" - was placed back to the parent-birds. This is the 6th young bred at Antwerp.
     
  5. arafan

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    In Zurich the birds have now a grass ground also it isn't only artificial light, they actually have some windows on the top. But I need to agree, the enclosure is far from perfect.

    We also shouldn't forgett than how smaller the room for one bird, better the birds will breed.