by Max Brantley
ZOO NEWS RELEASE
LITTLE ROCK (May 28, 2010) –The Zoo is sad to report that one of two penguins recently acquired for the new penguin exhibit died yesterday afternoon.
The two female penguins were transported from the Tautphaus Zoo in Idaho Falls to the Little Rock Zoo this Wednesday to serve as education outreach penguins in anticipation of the grand opening of the penguin exhibit later this year.
The penguins were being kept in a quarantined area of the Zoo. Zoo policy requires all newly acquired animals to go through a 30 day quarantine period before being placed on exhibit in order to determine whether-or-not the animal is in good health.
The penguins arrived at the Little Rock Zoo on Wednesday morning and Zoo staff say the birds were doing fine and adjusting well to their new off-exhibit enclosure.
Yesterday afternoon one of the two birds had a seizure and died. The cause of the seizure and the death of the bird are still unknown and preliminary necropsy results gave no indication of cause of death. Medical records on the bird from Tautphaus Zoo did not show the animal suffered from any sort-of known medical condition.
The remaining penguin is healthy and doing fine according to Zoo staff.
Both penguins were hatched at the Tautphaus Zoo six months ago. The Little Rock Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information, visit www.aza.org.