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Magellanic penguins in captivity

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by vogelcommando, 12 Oct 2016.

  1. vogelcommando

    vogelcommando Well-Known Member

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    A photo by bigfoot410 made at the Bronx Zoo ( http://www.zoochat.com/547/magellanic-penguin-young-465213/ ) made me think about the captivy situation of this species. I remember having it seen at Beekse Bergen many years ago but could't think of other places where I could have seen this species.
    Zootierliste learned me that at the moment it is kept at only 9 (!) European collections and none can be found in for example the Netherlands, Belgium or France.
    Also the list of former keepers of the species is relative short ! Because the species is still not threatened ( listed as being Near Threatened by the IUCN ) I was wondering if the species is more common in other regions ( North America ( at least the Bronx has them ;) ), Asia, South America ).
    Any help is appriciated !
     
  2. jayjds2

    jayjds2 Well-Known Member

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    Concerning the AZA, the Penguin TAG is deliberately keeping Magellanic penguins at a smallish population size, because the focus among Spheniscus right now is African penguins.

    Holders:
    Aquarium of the Pacific
    Blank Park Zoo
    Bronx Zoo
    Cincinatti Zoo
    Jacksonville Zoo
    John Ball Zoo
    San Francisco Zoo
    SeaWorld San Diego
    Shedd Aquarium
    Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
    Potter Park Zoo
    Zoo Boise

    According to San Francisco Zoo's Facebook page, they have the largest American population (54 if I recall correctly).
     
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  3. vogelcommando

    vogelcommando Well-Known Member

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    Thank you very much jayjds2, exactly the information I was looking for ! In any case a few more holders then in Europe. Any none AZA-members which are keeping the species that you know of ?
     
  4. jayjds2

    jayjds2 Well-Known Member

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    I don't believe there are any. The only non-AZA penguins that I'm aware of are gentoo penguins and African penguins.
     
  5. wensleydale

    wensleydale Well-Known Member

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    Once, I think it was at a North American Zoo, some Magellanic Penguins started swimming endlessly at roughly the same time of year that their annual migration would be, and even walked in circles around the pool when it was drained for cleaning. I read about it in one of those kids magazines. Does anyone know where this was (sorry for being a bit off topic)?
     
  6. ZooWho

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    Blackpool Zoo is the only holder of Magellanics in the UK.
     
  7. aardvark250

    aardvark250 Well-Known Member

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    Much better in Asia.
    Japan holders:
    宇都宮動物園
    遊亀公園動物園
    市原ぞうの国
    いしかわ動物園
    姫路動物園
    池田動物園
    上越水族博物館
    寺泊水族博物館
    しながわ水族館
    八景島シーパラダイス
    のとじま水族館
    宮津水族館
    志摩マリンランド
    須磨海浜水族園
    玉野海洋博物館
    水族館「うみたまご」
    長崎ペンギン水族館
    Sorry for japanese,I just search JAZA.
     
  8. aardvark250

    aardvark250 Well-Known Member

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    For China, I only know that Shenzhen zoo ,Chongqing zoo,Haichang Polar Ocean World and Chimelong Ocean World.