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February 11, 2010

Penguin Enrichment: Valentines


African penguins are monogamous, forming bonds for life. We currently have a pair of penguins that have been together for 15 years. Males establish territories and encourage females to nest with them. Once the female has chosen her mate, he collects nest material for her. At the Academy we offer leaves and other items for the males to collect. During this week, we are offering valentines hearts. They are safe and waterproof and even have written messages on them from children and guests. The male penguins have been earnestly collecting them. On Sunday, visitors to the Academy will get the opportunity to see these up close and write their heartfelt messages to their favorite penguin. If you haven’t chosen a favorite penguin, try reading December’s penguin blogs to find out about each of the 20 penguins. You can watch some raw video footage of the penguins receiving these hearts¬†on cbs and abc websites. The videos are (and I rarely say this)¬†very cute. And to update on the Love Shack, “Ocio” is back on exhibit and is still very interested in picking human girlfriends. I am hoping he will pick a female penguin soon.-Pamela Schaller

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony — Penguins @ 8:17 pm


  1. this is pretty cute, i have to admit. i guess domesticated penguins need some commercialized fun just like us humans so =) i heard a rumor that Howard and Pomona are heading to the love shack soon… is this true? if so, i hope she’s a good mate. he deserves to be loved!

    Comment by Eric — February 12, 2010 @ 11:01 pm

  2. We offer many different types of items and people for the penguins to interact with. They seemed very interested in the hearts as nest material, see todays blog and photo. Howard and Pomona are now in the Love Shack and are showing very promising signs.-Pamela Schaller

    Comment by pschaller — February 18, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

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