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December 21, 2009

Safara the Genetically Valuable Part 1:Red Band Left Wing


Hatched at the Academy on 20 March 2007, “Safara” has inherited some valuable genes. Genes that are are not highly represented in the African gene pool. She is so highly valued that she will be meeting a specially chosen male early next year. On 5 January 2010, she will be moved to our Penguin Love Shack to encourage a bond. This Love Shack is specifically built for 2 penguins to fall in love. It has it’s own pool, nest with thick substrate to dig in, mirror and disco ball. We will closely observe her and her mate to watch for signs of bonding: following each other around, calling to each other, resting and digging in their nest and preening each other (allopreening). Tomorrow you will meet her chosen mate as Part 2 of the Genetically Valuable series.-Pamela Schaller

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony — Penguins @ 10:39 am


  1. Ocio is going to flip for that disco ball! Love it!

    Comment by Maral — December 23, 2009 @ 2:02 pm

  2. I visted the Academy shortly after Safara and Ocio were reunited with the rest of the colony. One of the biologist mentioned Safara had interited some valuable genes. Who are her parents, do they live in this exhibit?

    Safara doesn’t seem too interested in Ocio or Ocio in Safara, are they recommend to mate with anyone else in the exhibit, or will they just need time to adjust to each other?

    Comment by Debbie — October 11, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

  3. Safara’s parents are in the exhibit; they’re our white-banded couple Robben and Jahleel. It’s actually Ocio who’s more genetically valuable but the two of them combined are currently recommended to breed by the SSP. You are right that they don’t seem too interested in each other following their re-introduction to the colony. Sometimes it just takes a few weeks for them to gravitate back towards each other or it might take another trip back to the love shack. These birds are still quite young and I think once things settle down and more of our other young birds have mates and territories established we’ll be more successful with pairing them up.

    Comment by Penguins — October 13, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

  4. Hi, I was at the Academy on Pomona’s birthday and I thought to look up some of the other penguins’ birthdays as well. I noticed that Dunker was born 3/17/07, just right before Safara’s birthday on 3/20/07. Are they siblings? If not, who are Dunker’s parents.

    Comment by Debbie — October 24, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

  5. You are observant and correct! Dunker and Safara are indeed siblings.

    Comment by Penguins — October 25, 2011 @ 8:09 am

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