Students from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine IPB University Presents Penguin Experts from Malaysia

Students of the Wildlife Professions Association, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, IPB University, present penguin experts from Underwater World Langkawi (UWL), Malaysia. She is Drh Najmi Hazira Binti Hamzah (Veterinarian of Curatorial, Department of Underwater World Langkawi).

The international webinar “Meet the Penguins of Underwater World Langkawi: Introduction to Medical Conservation and Husbandry” that was held online (19/7) introduces medicine conservation and penguin captivity at UWL. Participants who attended came from Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Thailand.

"We want to increase students knowledge about wildlife medicine," said Head of the IPB University Wildlife Proffessions Association, Jasmine Electra Alicia Wahono.

According to Drh Najmi, UWL is an aquarium located on the island of Langkawi, Malaysia. The types of penguins that can be found at UWL are the African penguin and the Northern Rockhopper penguin. Both come from Endangered species (according to the IUCN).

“Common diseases that are often suffered by penguins are aspergillosis, conjunctivitis, corneal opacity, pododermatitis and infection of the preen gland. Therefore, it is necessary to carry out regular physical checks as well as the implementation of cage management and biosecurity," she said.

She further explained, African penguins have a year-round breeding season while the Northern Rockhoppper penguins breeding season is between August and October. Both types of penguins produce two eggs. The eggs will be monitored for development every week until the eggs hatch.

"After the eggs hatch, body weight, leg and flipper length, beak length, and feather discoloration are recorded. If both eggs hatch, the daily weight of the chicks should be recorded in order to monitor the overall growth rate of the two chicks. Usually when both eggs hatch a competition between the two penguin chicks will occur”, he explained.

He also told his experience, “From my experience at UWL, I can confirm that husbandry is very important to support the growth and development of animals. We need to understand their natural environment, behaviour, dietary specifications, and social space needs. We can also minimize the possibility of disease infection or health problems in captivity.” (**/Zul) (IAAS/RDL)


Published Date : 21-Jul-2021

Resource Person : Drh Najmi Hazira Binti Hamzah

Keyword : Penguin, IPB University, FKH IPB, UWL, Malaysia, IPB students