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Tagged: David Blaszkiewicz

GETTING TO KNOW LOU: KELP GULLS AT JOHN BALL ZOO

 

For my first blog I'm going to focus on some zoo residents (my favorites) who you've probably all seen but maybe haven't given much thought to.  Namely, the Kelp Gulls.  Kelp Gulls are widespread on islands and rocky coastlines of the Southern Hemisphere, but one was recently spotted as far north as Florida.  I know this because the researcher who found it contacted us to make sure it wasn't one of ours.  "Why us?" you ask.  Because John Ball Zoo houses the last three Kelp Gulls in North American zoos.  They're quite common in the wild, so the American Zoo and Aquarium Association is phasing them out and once ours are gone you'll have to catch a plane or boat to see one.

THE CARE & FEEDING OF JOHN BALL ZOO'S BABY PENGUINS.

 

 

David's blog is accompanied by a video blog.  Find it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tgkhm8LAcuY

 

 

John Ball Zoo’s penguin species is the Magellanic or Spheniscus magellanicus.  They are native to Chile, Argentina and the Falkland Islands in the southern hemisphere.   As wild birds they would begin breeding about September, but we keep our flock on a light cycle that mimics the northern hemisphere (particularly Grand Rapids) so ours begin breeding in March.  Females almost always lay 2 eggs,

 

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