Kelly Tarlton’s announce the arrival of penguin eggs
For immediate release
Sea Life Kelly
Tarlton’s Auckland eggcited to announce the arrival of
sub-Antarctic penguin eggs this breeding season
Auckland, Tuesday 24th October 2017: Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Auckland is delighted to confirm that a number of the attraction’s Gentoo penguin pairs have successfully laid eggs this season.
The laying of the eggs is a step in the right direction for another successful year of sub-Antarctic penguin breeding for the attraction, and is a testament to the health and well-being of the penguins at Kelly Tarlton’s.
Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Head Curator, Andrew Christie, said the laying of these eggs is an exciting time for the attraction, but it’s important to not count the eggs before they hatch.
“This is our twenty first breeding season at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s and many of our penguins are first time parents which makes it very exciting and unexpected to have multiple eggs laid. We are all so proud of what we have achieved so far!” said Andrew Christie.
“With that said, the future of these eggs is not guaranteed as we are unsure if the eggs are fertile, however just by watching our new proud parents and how doting they are in taking turns incubating the eggs, we have high hopes and only time will tell to see if we will hear the pitter patter of little Gentoo feet.”
Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s General Manager, Dan Henderson said he hopes that the attraction can emulate the success of penguin hatching in previous years:
“We’re thrilled with the arrival of these Gentoo penguin eggs. The penguin’s parenting skills will be put to the test over the next few weeks during the incubation stage, but the husbandry skills of the dedicated team are second to none and the penguins and their eggs are in the best of hands. It’s a special time for the guests to Kelly Tarlton’s - some of which have been fortunate enough to witness the laying of the eggs!”
Over the next few weeks, Penguin keepers will continue to observe the new parents and their eggs, allowing them to get their bearings in this new parenting journey. Guests to the attraction may be lucky enough to see the eggs for themselves in the attraction’s Penguin Expedition display either when the parents are checking or rearranging their eggs, or when they switch incubation duties.