Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by NZ Jeremy, 28 Jan 2008.
So would you think the white-flippereds came from the IAC or elsewhere (ex-rescue)?
no I had been under the impression that the only white-flippereds on display were at the IAC but that was really because I had no clue what was behind the Marineland's fences (for example, it wasn't until May 2011 that I found out they had a subantarctic fur seal there). I think the white-flippereds at Marineland were probably rescue birds sent up there before the IAC had a penguin facility (this opened in 2006).
(That is just supposition of course).
an article I found (after quite a lengthy search!!) says that Marineland only had one white-flippered penguin: Animal Profiles - Friends of Marineland (this is a site set up after the closure of Marineland so is about as recent as you're going to get in terms of the animals there).
So either there is just the one white-flippered penguin at Napier Aquarium, or more were sent up from the IAC or a local Canterbury rescue outfit.
the National Aquarium now has a Black-billed Gull (since late March).
News - National Aquarium, Napier, New Zealand
There's a photo of her here: https://www.facebook.com/NationalAq...0391173671720/919492444761585/?type=1&theater
No mention of why the gull only came to the Aquarium recently, when the Marineland closed down so long ago.
That's a cool addition, surely the only one of its kind in captivity? Not sure if its on display or not, but could potentially be living with the penguins.
she is on display in with the penguins (the caption on the photo says "Introducing the newest addition to penguin cove. Mrs Phelps is a black-billed gull." and the photo is taken in the penguin exhibit). I don't know of any others on display in a zoo but I dare say there are others in captive situations (i.e. rescue birds as this one is).
Same-sex penguin couple raising abandoned chick | Stuff.co.nz
Inky, a Common New Zealand Octopus, has escaped:
The great escape: Inky the octopus legs it to freedom from aquarium | World news | The Guardian
A fun article from the Aquarium: Timmy the Penguin becomes household name on aquarium's 'naughty board'
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