On Friday 14 January 2011 three of the Academy’s African penguins were shipped to Little Rock Zoo in Arkansas. The Zoo is opening a new 2.2 million dollar African penguin exhibit on 5 March 2011 called Penguin Pointe. Little Rock Zoo We are supplying them these African penguins as part of our participation in the African Penguin SSP (Species Survival Plan). Species Survival Plan
This morning the three penguins were placed into medium sized carriers and brought to Delta Airlines Cargo at the San Francisco Airport.
The penguins that are being shipped out are “Domino”, “Brenton” and “Tag”.
After checking itinerary and filling out paperwork the Delta staff weighed and inspected the penguins and kennels to make sure they are healthy and in a safe transport container. An explosives detection dog even stopped by to ensure safe contents.
The Academy staff monitored all birds during the inspection.
Final securing of the kennels occurred and there was a placement of stickers including itinerary and care during transport onto the kennels. After final inspection they headed on a plane for Arkansas.
We are looking forward to their success at Little Rock Zoo and now focusing on getting our current colony to start breeding at the Academy.-Pamela Schaller and Allan Jan