Humboldt Penguins arrive at Taman Safari Indonesia - Tourism Indonesia


Thursday, February 7, 2008

Humboldt Penguins arrive at Taman Safari Indonesia

The rare Humboldt Penguin (Speheniscus Humboldti) can now be seen at Taman Safari Indonesia (TSI), Cisarua, Bogor, West Java.

Six pairs of the animal arrived at TSI on February 2,2008 from Tokyo`s Sea Life Park, Japan, to be saved from extinction.

TSI spokesperson Yulius Suprihardo said the animals, aged between 10 and 13 years, had been placed in a special pond and cage.

Their new home was equipped with a temperature controlling system and a device to maintain the salinity level of the water in the pond in order to emulate their natural habitat near the South Pole.

TSI would feed the penguins "teri" and "japuh" fish.

Native to South American, the 12 penguins still need to be quarantined under the supervision of TSI`s medical team, consisting of Tokyo veterinarian Hiroshi Takeuchi and the head of TSI`s nursing department, Imam.

Yulius said the animals were in a reproductive phase and expected to breed at TSI.

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