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EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009 Cologne Zoo, Germany, 25th February – 1st March 2009 Linking our penguins with in situ conservation Dipl.-Biol. Andreas.

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1 EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009 Cologne Zoo, Germany, 25th February – 1st March 2009 Linking our penguins with in situ conservation Dipl.-Biol. Andreas Haeser-Kalthoff Zoo Wuppertal Direktor: Dr. U. Schürer

2 Zoo Wuppertal is keeping Penguins for more than 5 decades. Since 1954 African Penguins lived in a small exhibit beside the sealions. Since 1974 King Penguins are the „heraldic animals“ of the Zoo. Today 3 penguin species live in the Zoo Wuppertal: Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009 Penguins in Zoo Wuppertal

3 African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus) King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) Gentoo Penguins (Pygoscelis papua) Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

4 Penguins in Zoo Wuppertal 4 penguin enclosures were built over the course of time. All were financed by the Zoo Society Wuppertal (Friends of the Zoo). Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

5 In 1971 the first penguin enclosure was opened. It had a very high modern technical standard and large underwater glasses. Penguins in Zoo Wuppertal Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

6 Penguins in Zoo Wuppertal This penguin enclosure was operated till August The African Penguins left the enclosure in Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

7 In 2006 a new enclosure for the African Penguins was opened. It is a natural imitation of a coastal area of the cape peninsula in South Africa. Penguins in Zoo Wuppertal Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

8 In 2007 a temporary enclosure for the King Penguins was opened, another requirement for the rebuilding of the old penguin enclosure. Penguins in Zoo Wuppertal Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

9 After the remove of the King Penguins the rebuilding of the old penguin enclosure started. Penguins in Zoo Wuppertal Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

10 In 2009 the new king penguin enclosure will be opened on 23rd March. King Penguins and Gentoo Penguins will live here together. Penguins in Zoo Wuppertal Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

11 The new exhibit will be one of the greatest and most modern penguin enclosures in Europe. It was built on the ground of the old penguin enclosure. The highlight is a 15 m long tunnel under the waterline. Penguins in Zoo Wuppertal Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

12 In 2006 the Zoo Society celebrated the 125th anniversary of the Zoo with a big parade with 200 large, coloured plastic penguins: the PINGUINALE 2006 Penguins in Zoo Wuppertal Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

13 Zoo Wuppertal and Zoo Society Wuppertal work together on conservation of nature and species. In connection with the building of the new enclosures for African Penguins and King and Gentoo Penguins and the PINGUINALE 2006 they support three conservation projects for penguins. Conservation projects for penguins Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

14 In 2006 Zoo and Zoo Society participated in the WAZA-Project Nr to help SANCCOB to rescue African Penguins in South Africa. Conservation projects for penguins Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

15 SANCCOB (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) is a non-profit sea bird rehabilitation centre based in Cape Town. Conservation projects for penguins Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

16 5.500 € - the biggest amount a zoo provided for this project – were given to SANCCOB for the building of a new, visitor-friendly rehabilitation centre. Conservation projects for penguins Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

17 The money was collected by selling plaster-penguins during the PINGUINALE 2006 in cooperation with a local newspaper. Conservation projects for penguins Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

18 In 2009 Zoo and Zoo Society support the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) and the Antarctic Research Trust (ART). Conservation projects for penguins Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

19 The RZSS operates the Zoo Edinburgh, wherefrom the Zoo Wuppertal received the Gentoo Penguins for the new penguin enclosure. Conservation projects for penguins Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

20 The RZSS also runs a conservation project for King, Gentoo and Rockhopper Penguins on the Falkland Islands und Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic. Conservation projects for penguins Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

21 Zoo and Zoo Society decided to support this project for the next 3 years with at least € per year. Conservation projects for penguins Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

22 The ART conducts and supports scientific research on antarctic and subantarctic animals in order to provide baseline data for adequate conservation measures. Conservation projects for penguins Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

23 For example, they attached remote sensing devices to several Penguin species to investigate where and when the birds forage, how deep they dive etc. Conservation projects for penguins Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

24 In 2004 the ART also purchased 4 small islands situated to the south of the Falklands to found a nature reserve there. Conservation projects for penguins Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

25 The Zoo Society provides € for 3 years for this project and becomes a co-founder of the nature reserve in the South Atlantic. Conservation projects for penguins Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

26 Information about the conservation activities of Zoo and Zoo Society will be presented to the visitors on a monitor in the new penguin enclosure. Conservation projects for penguins Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

27 Conclusion There are many opportunities for links between animals in a zoo and in situ conservation. Good opportunities to start supporting projects are for example openings of new enclosures or special events. Partnerships are helpful! (e.g. between a zoo and a zoo society) Linking our Penguins with in situ conservation EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009

28 Thank you for your attention! Dipl.-Biol. Andreas Haeser-Kalthoff Zoo Wuppertal Direktor: Dr. U. Schürer EAZA Zoo Educators Conference 2009 Cologne Zoo, Germany, 25th February – 1st March 2009


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