4 penguins from northeast South Dakota zoo have new homes

Save Story

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — Four black-footed penguins from the Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown have new homes.

The Watertown Public Opinion reports the penguins had to be transferred to other facilities because the zoo's environment is not conducive to housing penguins.

Director Dan Miller says the zoo is part of the species survival program, but hasn't had "good success" with penguins. Miller says the zoo has seen "an unacceptable number of bird deaths," most of which have been from a fungal infection known as aspergillosis.

Eighteen penguins died at the zoo in the past 13 years. Eleven of those penguins died from the fungal infection.

The facility doesn't have a permanent indoor area for the birds and Miller says most deaths have happened in summer.

The penguins' new homes are in Minneapolis and Baltimore.


Information from: Watertown Public Opinion, http://www.thepublicopinion.com

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent U.S. stories

Related topics

The Associated Press


    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the KSL.com Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast