Oregon Zoo event raises awareness for endangered penguins


Humboldt penguins are among the most at-risk penguin species

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Penguin lovers, unite!

The Oregon Zoo hosted a Penguin Awareness Day on Saturday, with activities educating and connecting visitors with the black and white bird.

“They look like they’re wearing a little tuxedo, and they slide on their stomachs,” said one excited zoo-goer, Wyatt Senn.

At 12:45 and 2:15 p.m., zoo-goers can stop by the Penguinarium for talks from the keepers and a chance to watch the Humboldt penguins enjoy treats and shake their tail feathers at training sessions.

“Humboldt penguins live in a region that’s greatly affected by human activity,” said Travis Koons, who oversees the zoo’s bird population. “They need healthy ocean habitats to thrive, and we can help make a difference.”

The Humboldt penguins are among the most at-risk penguin species, with their population estimated at around 12,000 breeding pairs. They are classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and were granted protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act in 2010.

The event was free with zoo admission. Find more info on the Oregon Zoo website.

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