Humans visit and confirm existence of penguin colony

(Photo: International Polar Foundation)

The existence of a 9,000-strong colony of emperor penguins in East Antarctica has been confirmed by three people who visited it for the first time.

Scales, tails & wings, oh my! The London Zoo counts its animals

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More than 17,500 animals, including birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and amphibians are counted in the annual census at the London Zoo. The count is a compulsory part of the zoo’s license and the information is used for managing international breeding programs of endangered animals. 

Math is behind cozy penguin huddles

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Greed is good for penguins that huddle together to avoid Antarctica’s icy weather.

According to a new study, penguin groups can maximize everyone’s heat when individual birds act selfishly, huddling in ways that keep them toastiest.

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Two new emperor penguin colonies spied in Antarctica

(Photo: Robin Cristofari / CNRS / Institut polaire francais IPEV)

Researchers have finally found a long-sought colony of emperor penguins in eastern Antarctica, but they say it’s been split in two due to a glacier break. Moreover, a tally of the 6,000 chicks among these two populations suggests there are more emperor penguin parents in this part of the frozen continent than previously thought.

Watch the launch of the penguins

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You thought "The March of the Penguins" was cool? Check out the launch of the penguins — an aerodynamic phenomenon that helps these flightless birds take flight.

Emperor penguins can’t fly just by flapping their wings, but they can propel themselves fast enough through Antarctic waters to turn themselves into winged rockets. They do it by releasing tiny bubbles of air from their feathers: The air acts as a lubricant, reducing drag as they swim up from the depths like tuxedoed torpedoes. In fact, engineers have used air bubbles in similar ways to speed the movement of torpedoes through the water.

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Penguins return to the sea following oil spill in South Africa

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Some two hundred penguins found covered in oil on Robben Island following a spillage by a stricken bulk carrier were washed, fed and restored to health. Thirty of the birds were released today.

Oil-soaked penguins rescued in South Africa

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Approximately 55 African penguins that were found covered in oil were being cleaned by staff from the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds on Wednesday. The penguins, which were found on Robben Island near Cape Town, South Africa, will be released into the wild after cleaning. The oil leaked from the Turkish stricken bulk carrier Seli One, according to the Associated Press.