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May 18, 2010

Pierre the Penguin:2009-2010


In 2009 “Pierre” molted again (replaced his feathers)and he made a nest with his mate “Homey”. On 13 August 2009 another wetsuit wearing penguin made the news.  Quoted from a news release from Marwell Wildlife, in Hampshire, England:  “Ralph, a nine year old Humboldt penguin, lost all of his feathers in one day, exposing his pale pink skin to the sun. The wetsuit will protect Ralph’s sensitive skin until his new feathers have grown through…” “Ralph’s keepers made the wetsuit out of the leg of an adult wetsuit donated by a member of our staff.” http://www.marwell.org.uk/ralphthehumboldtpenguin.asp  In 2010 a book was written by Jean Marzollo and illustrated by Laura Regan about “Pierre” titled, “Pierre the Penguin, A True Story”. The book describes “Pierre’s” lack of feathers and the solution of a penguin wetsuit. “Pierre” and “Homey” are currently located in the African Penguin exhibit in African Hall. Their nest is located on the left side of the exhibit. They have matching blue wingbands. “Pierre” is banded on his right wing and “Homey” is banded on her left wing. Two of “Pierre’s” grandchildren are also sharing the African Penguin exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences; they are named “Dyer” and “Adasha”. The photo is of Pierre and Homey in Golden Gate Park.-Pamela Schaller

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  1. There’s sound now, I love it! Thank you!! It’s fun, and educational, to hear the questions and answers.

    Comment by Patrice — May 24, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

  2. I think there is a time zone issue with the sound availability during the penguin feeding time. The sound currently does not work for me which I assumed was an issue on my end but I happened to check the website at 10:30ish my time and the sound icon does appear in the corner of the wide view camera video window. Just wanted to let you guys know there seems to be an issue.

    Comment by thegeekyone — May 31, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

  3. I love the penguins. Thank you for posting this wonderful story. One question: Why are all the penguin “names” always in “quotes”? Is it just a “penguin” thing?

    Comment by Jo — June 10, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

  4. Hi Frances, There are many areas not seen from the front of the exhibit. These birds have access to nestboxes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We have had success in establishing a healthy population, with 107 chicks hatching since 1983. Our oldest penguin is currently 27 years old. We also have a couple that has been together 15 years, they are a highly monogomous species. Their lives are constantly enriched with changing water temperatures, air temperatures and lighting that mimic seasonal fluctuations. We have many age ranges, and many opportunities for these birds to thrive. I suggest reading about these birds on our blogs to learn about them as indivduals and follow their life history as time goes on. The cameras will also be moved around for you to observe their naturalistic environment and to ulimately watch them raise chicks. I have dedicated my life and career to learning, teaching and caring about these birds and providing the highest quality life for this important species. Thanks for asking your question-Pamela Schaller

    Comment by Penguins — June 18, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

  5. My daughter visited your exhibit and was fascinated by how interactive the penguins were when they saw her scarf and moved w/it as she waved it around for them. NOw she wants to know all about the penguins, including their names and it sounds like some history for each of them are w/in blogs. Do you have the names in one place? Thanks, Meg

    Comment by Meg McKenzie — December 27, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

  6. My daughter is back and wants the name of the penguin starting with “O”..the one who followed her scarf. Still have not found names of the penguins other than dunkin and pierre. thanks.

    Comment by Meg McKenzie — May 1, 2011 @ 8:22 am

  7. Hi Meg, The penguin that tends to swim and interact with our visitors the most is named “Ocio”. There is a complete list of all birds with their bands and personalities covered in previous blogs…look for past posts (all 20 penguins are covered).-Pamela Schaller

    Comment by Penguins — May 21, 2011 @ 9:58 am

  8. I heard that Pierre’s genes are well represented so he is not recommend to have additional children. However, I was thinking of doing a cross country trip, which would include visiting other places that have penguins. I was hoping to visit place that had Pierre’s decendants. Do you have his family tree and where his kids, grandkids have gone been transferred to? I know Dyer and Adasha are his grandkids, are they also Homey’s or Pierre’s prior mate. Does Homey have any childred? If so are any of them with Pierre?

    Comment by Debbie Sutherland — October 11, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

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