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March 19, 2011

African penguin Reproduction: The Love Shack is open

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We currently have 15 birds housed in our African penguin exhibit plus two birds that have entered our Love Shack to spend some quality time together. “Pete” (pictured above) and “Adasha” are both 3 years old and are showing behavioral signs of sexual maturity. African penguins form very close pair bonds that last their entire life. They usually start to form these bonds between 3 and 4 years old, with successful reproduction occurring between 4 and 5 years old. “Pete” has been establishing territories by laying down in certain locations on exhibit and fighting other males to maintain those locations. He has also been bowing his head to some female penguins that walk by his territory. “Adasha” has been following male penguins around, also bowing her head in greeting to certain males on exhibit. Because these birds seem ready to start committing themselves to other birds, we have placed them in a room that has it’s own pool, nest and land space to encourage these two birds to interact. We can only wait to see if they may be willing to pursue a lifelong bond.-Pamela Schaller


Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony — Penguins @ 11:38 am

5 Comments »

  1. plus if you somehow let us make the screen bigger.

    Comment by krista — March 23, 2011 @ 8:03 am

  2. I love the penguins.

    Comment by Henry — March 27, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

  3. there so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by grace — March 28, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

  4. Hope Pete and Adasha will be back in the colony soon.
    How is their relationship going?
    Love the burrow cam, looks like they are getting used to it. Thanks for the ‘shows’, very informative. ;)

    Comment by Anthony — April 9, 2011 @ 10:15 am

  5. Hi Anthony, Pete and Adasha are now back on exhibit. Based on their behavior, they will probably need another chance at bonding in the Love Shack. This will most likely happen late in the summer.-Pamela Schaller

    Comment by Penguins — April 19, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

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