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December 31, 2009

Brenton the Big Baby: Silver Band Right Wing


“Brenton” is the youngest of all our birds in the colony.  He hatched on 25 October 2007 at our downtown facility on Howard St.  “Brenton” and his older sister “Pomona” were my first opportunity to raise African penguins from egg to adulthood.  I have been fortunate enough to see “Brenton” develop from a shy, gray puff to a “Screamapiller”, to the big baby he is now today.  I remember when he would always follow me around during a clean and steal the brushes away.  Nowadays, he follows “Jahzara” around, which is a step in the right direction.  It will be a bittersweet day for me when “Brenton” moves along to Houston.-Allan Jan

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony — Penguins @ 11:12 am

December 30, 2009

Pomona the Island: White w/ Green Band Left Wing


Hatched at the Academy on 23 October 2007, “Pomona” is maturing quickly. As one of the youngest penguins, she was early to grow her adult feathers and to court potential male penguin suitors. Her name was a result of a website contest we had in early 2008. Members voted on several choices for names and “Pomona” prevailed. Most assume the name “Pomona” has something to do with the Southern California city. However, “Pomona” was chosen because there is a group of Penguin Islands off the Namibian Coast and one of those islands is named Pomona Island.-Pamela Schaller

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony — Penguins @ 10:56 am

December 29, 2009

Adasha the Chaser: Taupe Band Left Wing


Hatched in Idaho Falls on 15 May 2007, she came to the Academy that same year. Recently she has been observed chasing other birds, especially “Homey’ and “Pierre”. This is a bold move for a penguin, because those birds are much older with very well developed social skills. Even though “Adasha” is young and small she pushes her social status as much as her brother “Dyer”. The brother/sister characteristics as The Punk and The Chaser read sitcom to me.-Pamela Schaller

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony — Penguins @ 10:38 am

December 28, 2009

Dyer the Punk: Blue w/ White Band Right Wing


Hatched at Tautphaus Park Zoo on 11 May 2007, he came to the Academy when he was 5 months old. “Dyer” has established himself in the very middle of the exhibit. The middle of the exhibit is common ground, but “Dyer” has turned it into the Penguin Mosh Pit. He controls other penguins in their ability to move back and forth in the exhibit. By pecking penguins as they walk by “Dyer” has started fights and is often slapping beaks with other penguins. “Dyer” is usually only tolerant of his sister “Adasha”, together they rule penguin common ground.-Pamela Schaller

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony — Penguins @ 8:30 am

December 26, 2009

Kianga the Coy: Yellow w/ Black Band Left Wing


Hatched on May 25th2007 at Tautphaus Park Zoo in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She arrived at the Academy later in 2007 with her sister Jahzara. Her unusual name has origins in Africa and means sunshine.  As part of a contest, her name was bestowed upon her by guests of the Academy. “Kianga “ is a shy female still trying to find her place in the colony. She has no official mate but is sometimes seen flirting with “Pete” and copulating with “Robben”  who is already paired with “Jahleel”. “Kianga” is by no means an aggressive bird. She rarely bites and she keeps her distance from both humans and most of the colony.  She’s a favorite of mine and I always try to say hello and give her some special attention when I’m in the exhibit. -  Pam Montbach

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony — Penguins @ 1:24 pm
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