London Zoo penguins die after contracting malaria

15:28 10 October 2012

The current colony of penguins are in good health. File picture: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

The current colony of penguins are in good health. File picture: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

A deadly strain of avian-malaria which killed six penguins at London Zoo cannot be contracted by human beings, officials say.

The birds contracted the disease from mosquito bites, despite zookeepers increasing their dosage of anti-malarial medicine at the start of the summer.

Their death in the summer has been put down to this year’s damp muggy conditions, in which mosquitoes tend to thrive.

A spokesman said the current colony is given a daily dose of medicine in tablets with its fish and mosquito traps have been put inside the birds’ enclosure.

Lavender trees have also been planted inside the enclosure and a lavender scent sprayed to ward off mosquitoes.

She added: “The malaria was contracted directly from a mosquito bites and cannot be passed between birds.

“There was no risk to zoo visitors at any point and all of our penguins are in very good health.”

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Conversation topics change in the glow of the camp fire compared to daily life.

Read more

US rapper Chris Brown said spending time in prison has helped change him into a better person.

Read more

Just moved into your new halls of residence? You’ll soon learn that all of these are true.

Read more

TOP Stories

17:50
The fire broke out in high rise flats in Battersea. Picture by @EreenaC.

Around 80 firefighters tackled a blaze at a high rise block of flats in Ingrave Street, Battersea this afternoon - rescuing 18 people.

18:58
Dead fish in Harrow Lodge Park lake, east London (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Mystery surrounds the death of around 1,000 fish, discovered floating in an east London park lake at the weekend.

16:50
Steve Hooper and Mary Alexander with her unusual duck-shaped potato. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

A duck-shaped potato and “bitter and twisted” runner beans were the unlikely stars of a horticultural autumn show in Highgate.

Promotions

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the ZOE was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

London Bloggers

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The cast, including Josie Lawrence and Mike Myers

Simon Collins catches up with the improv impresarios, who despite being the world’s longest-running comedy show with the same cast, have lost none of the razor-sharp wit:

Monday, September 1, 2014
Do you really need an explanation for that?! (Pic by Serena Marinelli)

If you’ve ever seen an Italian movie, you would probably know how important body language is in the culture.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Don't waste any of your harvest

If you are now inundated with ripe tomatoes, juicy green beans, berries and herbs, don’t leave them to go stringy or mouldy because the freezer can go a long way to making your crops last well into winter.

Quizzes

(Photo by Ben Horton/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds Hollywood)

If there’s one thing that can change Londoners from nice, normal people into superhumans capable of extreme levels of rage and passive aggression, it’s the descent below-ground.

Read more
Do you fancy yourself as a football ground know-it-all? Try our devilishly difficult quiz!

How well do you know your football stadiums? This brand new quiz from London24 will seperate the men from the boys...

Read more
Do you know your Thames truths from the porkie pies? (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

So, you live (or work) in London, and you think you know the river well.

Read more