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The Magellanic Penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) is a South American penguin, breeding in coastal Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands. This penguin was named after Ferdinand Magellan who first saw them in 1519 on his first voyage around the tip of South America.

Magellanic Penguin 1Magellanic Penguin 2


My godmother played fairy godmother and got me a voucher for a so called Tierkontakt (animal contact) at the Zoo in Augsburg which is an about 1 1/2 hour train and bus ride away from Munich (would be faster by car ;)) So I called them right away and booked the meeting for today.

I had to be there at 11:00am so I took the first train available and arrived there at 10:30am  And since Augsburg is rubbish when it comes to layout plans I went the wrong way and it took me 15 instead of five minutes to get to the enclosure. The zookeeper was already on lookout for me and we started talking right away. He told me about penguins in general and what zoos to find them in. Why most zoos try to get Humboldt penguins since they are endagered. About how long he has been with the zoo (and the penguins of course;)) and how their enclosure changed in that time. It was all so interesting I could have stayed there all day talking about it all.
And then he showed me the enclosure and the fish. He told me how to hold them and how to feed them to the penguins. It was all VERY exiting, believe you me...
There was this tree stump and in order to feed the litte guys I had to sit on it and wait -patiently- until they came... Oh did I mention it was raining?!?! ;)

So I sat down on that wet liitle stump of tree and waited...
Old Lady
Since the young ones were being big fat divas and let me wait I got to feed one of the oldest one there. She was born in 1985 which makes her...errr...well old for a penguin...wait I got it 26.

Hungry little fellas
Squeee, there were so many :)
And then they came... :D Guys this is so amazing but not that easy, lol

Fight for the fish
This happend alot, lol. They always stole each others fish.

Fedding "on shore"Fedding "on shore" (close)
And then I was allowed to feed the at "shore"

Throwing fish
And the rest went in the water :)

Fish being fish my hands stank after this so we went into the keeper's den to wash our hands and talk some more. And as a little treat I got to take home penguin feathers. Guys, you wouldn't believe just how small they are.

On the website it said the contact takes about 30 mins. I was there for a whole hour :))) Afterwards I walked through the rest of the Zoo and took some more pics and later went to the big shopping center to warm up again before heading back home.


Date: 3 Jan 2013 22:20 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow,I didn't know that you could something like this in a zoo.This is SO cool!

Date: 3 Jan 2013 22:51 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well you have to pay quite a bit for it, but it's worth every cent ;) It is a truly amazing experience.

Date: 3 Jan 2013 22:45 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Omg, that is the coolest thing! Didn't know they let people do that, but that is the coolest present ever. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

(Omg, the little feathersssssss <3.)

Date: 3 Jan 2013 22:50 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well you have to pay quite a bit for it, but it's worth every cent ;)

You're welcome! Glad you enjoyed it :)

Date: 4 Jan 2013 01:32 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is so cool! I did something like that in Australia, it will be in my last recap, which I have yet to post. although the animals were not penguins and I didn't have to pay extra for it. ;)

Glad you enjoyed it!

Oh, and I was right about one thing. It was bird feathers, just not baby birds. ;P

Date: 4 Jan 2013 16:47 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oooh can't wait :)

Heehee, yeah you were.

Date: 4 Jan 2013 11:31 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aww how fun! My god, I didn't know penguins could live that long! That one is older than me xD

Date: 4 Jan 2013 16:49 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It really was :)
LOL! They only can in zoos ;)

Date: 4 Jan 2013 20:43 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Now that is a brilliant present! Well done, die Tante. :)

Date: 5 Jan 2013 06:31 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is so very cool!


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