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10 Years Sphenisco e.V. – Has the Work Been Worth It?

Hannover 10. July 2018.
 
For quite some time, a regular part of our plan for the year has been Sphenisco’s annual assembly on the last weekend in June.
 
How did it come to that? After returning from a trip to Antarctica and sensitized to penguins, we discovered a flyer from Sphenisco e.V. at the Penguin Museum in Cuxhaven. After we read through Sphenisco’s website, we requested admittance to the organization. Although we didn’t see any Humboldt Penguins in Antarctica, we figured this is about the entire species, is it not?
 
What drives us to drive to the Pfalz once a year, during the best summer weather, to sit at the school at the Landau Zoo and hear what was can be done for the Humboldt Penguin, so that they do not lose their habitat?

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Penguin Keepers Workshop in Bernburg

Landau 4. December 2017.

BernburgThe Professional Association of Zookeepers [Berufsverband der Zootierpfleger (BdZ)] collectively organized a penguin workshop with Sphenisco between November 10th and the 13th in Bernburg. The goal of this additional training was to discuss husbandry conditions and possible improvements. The 62 participants all agreed that this workshop was long overdue. According to Jeannine Schützendübe, a 15-year-old dream was finally being realized. In these three days, topics such as breeding, medical treatment, feeding, the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), as well as incidents with bufotoxins were elaborated on and extensively discussed. On the last day the participants visited the Bernburg and Halle Zoological Gardens.

The technical program was rounded out with a traditional auction. Varied species of stuffed animals, homemade advent calendars, posters, penguin figurines and illustrations were auctioned off by Thomas Suckow, which brought in an incredible amount of 743.50€. This impressive amount was rounded out to 1,000€ by the BdZ. The participants decided to donate the entire amount to Sphenisco.   

In the name of the Chilean and Peruvian Humboldt Penguins, Sphenisco would like the send a big thanks to the BdZ, the Zoological Park Bernburg, and Jeannine Schützendübe. 

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translated by Erich Greiner

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