© RomKri \ Zoo \ The Penguins
A gift of the Zaidenberg family of Chicago, Illinois, the Penguin Exhibit was opened in the summer of 2000. It is one of the most attractive exhibits in the zoo, enabling the public to view our Black-footed penguins (Spheniscus demersus) both on land and in the water. Although we tend to automatically associate penguins with frigid environments, the Black-footed species is native to South Africa, and is accustomed to a warm temperate climate. In fact, there are some 17 species of penguin in the world, and only two of them actually live in Antarctica.

Two or three feedings take place in the exhibit every day. If you're lucky enough to witness one of these feedings, you'll undoubtedly be amused by the raucous manner in which the penguins gang up on their keeper to receive their portion of fish, which is then swallowed whole, with one long gulp. Also noteworthy is the ability of the keeper who must, amidst all the insanity, keep track of just who is eating what, and how much!
Photographer: © RomKri Date: 26.10.2005 Photo number: 2642 Views: 24k
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