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  • Zoo Amersfoort      official zoosite
    The "Dierenpark Amersfoort" has African penguins.
    Part of them comes from Arnhem, the other part from Artis in Amsterdam.
    Feeding-time are, dependent from pressure from other duties in the bird-department, around 9.00 a.m. and 15.45 p.m.
    Only the attendants may feed and touch them, because the young animals are very sensitive by contact with humans.
    There is no "view behind the scenes", because the birds are all the time in their home outside.
    With thanks to Mr. Raymond van der Meer, Curator Dierenpark Amersfoort, who kindly gave me this information.
    Also look at pictures of other animals in this zoo.
  • Zoo Artis in Amsterdam      official zoosite
    Here you can find african penguins.
    Artis is very succesful in raising chicks for these species: about 20 till 40 yearly.
    Mr. Janos Szantho, working here, is responsible for the "European Endangered Species Programm" (see conservation by EAZA) for african penguins.
    There is no "behind the scenes", as they live outside. A view in the nests is not allowed for obvious reasons.
    With thanks to Paul Valenkamp in Artis Zoo, for this information.
    Also look at pictures of other animals in this zoo.
  • Zoo Avifauna      official zoosite
    Here live about 50 african penguins, all hatched in zoos.
    They have two breeding periods: First in February/March and the second one in September / Oktober. You can't see them hatch in the nests and the chicks stay with their parents unless in very rare situations, but that happens almost never.
    Feeding time: 14.15 p.m. with informative presentation of a bird attendant.
    The oldest one has hatched in 1987 in Artis and moved to Avifauna in 1989.
    Avifauna has a masterplan for changes in the zoo. One phase includes the development of a Coast Biotope with swells and rocks. Seabirds will live next to and in salt water there.
    With thanks to Saskia Lucardie, doing teaching practice in Avifauna, for this information.
    Also look at pictures of other animals in this zoo.

  • Burgers zoo in Arnhem      official zoosite
    The Burgers Zoo in Arnhem has a large group African penguins, all hatched in captivity.
    Feeding-times are twice a day but not on fixed times.
    They have more than 10 chicks pro year, between December and February. You can't see this, because the welfare of the animals is the main priority and birds would be too much attached to humans. The birds have to breed and raise their chicks on their own, no breeding machine or hand-raising by the attendants.
    Often the chicks in the creche find their mate for live already there.
    The oldest penguin here is hatched in Blijdorp, Rotterdam in 1987.
    A "view behind" is not allowed because too many people want this.
    With thanks to Mr. Marc Damen, Biological Department, in the Burgers Zoo in Arnhem, who kindly gave me this information.
    Also look at pictures of other animals in this zoo.
  • Safaripark Beekse Bergen in Hilvarenbeek    official zoosite
    In Safaripark de Beekse Bergen they have about 50 African penguins.
    Most of them come from Artis (Amsterdam) and about 12 from own breedings.
    Feeding times are at 09:00 a.m. (not for visitors) and at 15:45 p.m.
    You can see the penguins the entire year, so there is no "view behind".
    With thanks to Mr. Maarten Hertzberger, penguinattendant in safari de Beekse Bergen, who gave me this information.
    Also look at pictures of other animals in this zoo.

  • Aquazoo in Leeuwarden      official zoosite
    Here you find around 19 african and 30 humboldt penguins. Feeding time at 14:00 p.m.

  • Dierenpark Emmen      official zoosite
    Here you find a large group of humboldt penguins (160), all hatched in captivity, in a beautiful, very nature-like exhibit of rocky coasts. (also see specials/penguin school)
    Feeding times: consciously at no fixed times, except during breeding periods.
    Breeding periods in September and in May. The chicks hatch in the exhibit, and so, with a bit of luck, you can see them from the start. Eggs and chicks always stay with the parents, and the birds live a very natural-like live.
    There is no "view behind" because they are always outside except by extreme cold temperatures.
    Mr. Pierre de Wit, who works here, is coördinator for the "European Endangered Species Programm" (see conservation by EAZA) for humboldtpenguins.
    With thanks to Mrs. Lida Hijnen for this information.
    Also look at pictures of other animals in this zoo.
  • Ouwehands in Rhenen      official zoosite
    They have about 40 humboldt penguins in the "Ouwehands Dierenpark".
    A part of the group moves to other zoos, while the park works with the E.E.P. programm for humboldt penguins. This programm coördinates the places, so young penguins move to other zoos and when the group becomes too old or birds die, they will be replaced. So at least in zoos this endangered species has a chance to survive.
    Feeding times vary and will be announced daily at the entry.
    Mostly the penguin hatchings take place between December and August. They never use a breeding machine but leave the eggs and chicks with the parents, so everything goes very nature-like.
    You can't (obvious, because hole-breeders!) see this hatchings.
    Feeding is not allowed, but if you wish, you can make an appointment for a view-behind..
    With thanks to Gerard Meijer from Ouwehands Dierenpark for this information.
    Also look at pictures of other animals in this zoo.
  • Aquazoo in Leeuwarden      official zoosite
    Here you find around 19 african and 30 humboldt penguins. Feeding time at 14:00 p.m.
  • Zoo Blijdorp in Rotterdam      official zoosite
    February 2009 they got 10 new gentoo penguins, reinforcing the king penguins.
    Since 2001, they have about 20 king penguins in the new "Oceanium".
    Feeding times are in the morning (?) and at 15.30 p.m.
    Special and positive is the fact that they give information about the penguins during the feeding and you can ask questions too. Especially for the children this can be very interesting. Sometimes they ask really funny stuff.
    She also told that they were ringed, dependent of their sexes, either left or right.
    With thanks to the attendant, who kindly gave me this information.
    Also look at pictures of other animals in this zoo.
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