A sea life specialist at a Dorset sea life centre is hoping to find one of its penguins a mate by putting him on the national singles dating website, Plenty of Fish.
Weymouth Sea Life Park's penguin specialist, Sarah Everett, says the one-year-old male Humboldt penguin - called Spruce - is 'lonely for love'. Spruce lives in the Park's penguin colony but the other penguins are either male or already coupled up.
Sarah has written a detailed dating profile on Plenty of Fish for Spruce. It describes his likes - which include seafood and swimming – and his relationship needs – ‘a partner for life who I can make some little chicks with, as I'm a family man at heart.’
Sarah is now appealing for the public to share Spruce’s Plenty of Fish profile on their social media pages and spread the word to help him find a mate.
Marwell Zoo has announced that their 16-year-old Humboldt penguin, Eva, has passed away.
Eva was diagnosed with Aspergillosis, an infection that can affect water birds especially during the colder months. Veterinary teams immediately attempted emergency investigations and treatment but despite their best efforts Eva passed away.
During her time at Marwell, Eva successfully raised five chicks including two males, Lurch and most recently Seaweed, who hatched last year.
Two same-sex Humboldt Penguins at Wingham Wildlife Park are being used as surrogate parents for an egg, and now newly-hatched chick. It was abandoned by the mother, after her male partner refused to share the egg incubation process.
Two same sex penguins have reared a chick at a wildlife park in Kent. An egg was placed in a nest box, where Jumbs and Kermit kept a watchful eye. The two penguins operated a shift system and even fed the chick. The entire family is reported to be 'doing well' at Wingham Wildlife Park.
A rare penguin chick has hatched with the help of zookeepers from Sussex after a difficult birth.
The Humboldt chick emerged from its shell on Wednesday 2nd April after staff noticed a small hole in the egg.
Humboldt penguins usually hatch after 40 days with greyish feathers and both parents work together to feed and care for their young.
The chicks tend to leave their nest at around 10-12 weeks.
Deputy Head Keeper, Jason O’Connell commented: “Hatching can be a difficult time and it can take a while depending on the chick’s own strength. The chick is doing really well now and we are pleased with his progress.
"He will be cared for by his parents within the safety of the nest box over the next few weeks, before finally waddling out onto the beach in time for summer."
Zoo keepers at Drusillas Park in Sussex have had the surprise of their life after they found one of their penguins flying.
Wallace the penguin is known for his speed and has always been a lot faster than the other birds.
Staff think that his unusually large wingspan and his recent weight loss has made him more aerodynamic, meaning he can fly.
Wallace was born at the park in 2012.
Click video. The Seaview Wildlife Encounter on the Isle of Wight is famous for its colony of Humboldt Penguins. The Animal Care Team there sent us a video of a newcomer emerging from its shell.
Penguin keeper Jody Geary from Marwell Zoo tells us about Ralph, their rather special wetsuited penguin.
Ralph, a Penguin at Marwell Zoo, has been given a wetsuit to help him keep warm, after he began moulting earlier than his fellow birds.
Our cameraman caught a quick snap of him hiding in his hole this lunchtime.
Drusillas Park in East Sussex has handed over £1,000 to Falkland Conservation, to assist the wild penguin populations of the South Atlantic.
The sum was raised over the last 12 months through visitors.
The charity seeks to help wildlife based on and around the Islands, rescuing oiled penguins and studying the native wildlife.
Thousands of penguins nest in the Falklands every summer representing five of the world’s seventeen species; King, Gentoo, Rockhopper, Macaroni and Magellanic.