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Penguins to be on display at Riga Zoo until end-August
From tomorrow until the end of August 2012, Gentoo penguins will be on display at the Riga Zoo, which are the world's third largest penguin species, LETA was informed by zoo spokesman Maris Lielkalns.
17 penguins have arrived in Riga from the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, who will undergo a period of quarantine in Riga before travelling further from the European Union to an oceanarium in China.
Persons visiting the zoo will be able to view the penguins everyday from 1:00 p.m. until August 30.
As Lielkalns pointed out, the opportunity to see these entertaining creatures from Antarctica is certainly a great present for persons visiting the zoo on its 100-year anniversary.
The Riga Zoo was selected as a suitable destination to quarantine the penguins as Latvia is one of the rare countries in Europe where bird-flu has not been detected the past ten years.
The last time the Riga Zoo had a penguin on display was in 1985, when sailors brought it back from a trip abroad. The penguin was later given to the Lithuanian Sea Museum in Klaipeda, who fathered many descendants at the museum.