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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.

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