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December 24, 2009

Pete the Steadfast: Black w/ White Band Right Wing


“Pete” hatched on July 7, 2007 here at the Academy. His parents are our yellow-banded couple, “Dassen” and “Grendel”. “Pete” is very loyal to those who care for him and is often the last bird to accept fish from a new biologist. He can be very affectionate and has gallantly “defended” me from other penguins. If something perturbs him look out for his nasty temper! He is a serious bird and, as he matures, is proving to be quite resolute in his quest to establish a territory. I have no doubt that when he finds a suitable mate he will make both an excellent partner and a successful parent.-Brooke Weinstein

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony — Penguins @ 9:31 am


  1. Hi,

    I visted the penguins last week and heard that Pam had just returned from the SSP Conference where the 5 year plan was discussed. I also heard that in a few months 3 new penguins were going to be added to this exhibit.
    1. Is the above accurate.
    2. If so who are the new penguins and are any (if so who) will have to be exchanged out?
    3. Will one of the new penguins be a potential mate for Pete. Pete is my favorite, but it looks like he doesn’t have a mate despite his efforts.

    Comment by Debbie — October 11, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

  2. Hi Debbie! The above is accurate and we will be bringing in 3 new penguins this year as per the SSP. We will introduce them as they’re added to the colony but they’ll be 3 females and are all coming from different institutions around the country. We will be sending Jahleel (white-banded female) and Jahzara (green-banded female) out to the Wildlife Conservation Society in NY. So Robben and Agulhas will have new mates and, yes, the third female is a mate for Pete :) He’s one of my favorites too and I think will make a great penguin partner!!!

    Comment by Penguins — October 13, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

  3. Great news about Pete! I’ll look forward to going to the Academy to watch for her arrival.

    Comment by Debbie — October 14, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

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