Pittsburgh Penguins Stay Healthy with Blulog

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More than 31 hectares, 4,000 animals, including 20 endangered or protected species - this is how in a nutshell the zoo in Pittsburgh looks like. The technology created by Blulog constitutes an important support in managing the Zoo

While the ice hockey team may be the better-known Penguins in Pittsburgh, the penguins at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium are definitely the cuter ones! The 24 penguins in the PPG Aquarium (17 Gentoo and 7 Macaroni penguins) love to dive, swim, preen, play in their climate-controlled enclosure. Their cute antics make them a popular draw with children and their parents who often press themselves against the glass to see them.

To keep the penguins healthy and active, the Aquarium staff schedule training and enrichment time with toys such as sprinklers and mirrors, as well as regular check-ups and medical procedures. Another big part of keeping the popular penguins healthy is maintaining the temperature and humidity of their environment.

Penguins are sensitive to temperature and humidity. If conditions are out of their ideal range for an extended period of time, the penguins could develop a respiratory infection called Aspergillosis, or Asper. Aspergillosis is a fungal infection that can be severe and or even chronic. According to Stuart Clausen, Assistant Curator of Aquatic Life at the PPG Aquarium, “The penguin enclosure needs to have a humidity level below 50%, with the ideal humidity around 40%. Any higher and there is the risk of the penguins developing Asper.”

To help monitor and maintain a healthy environment for their fine feathered friends, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium uses Blulog RF temperature and humidity loggers – two RF loggers monitoring the temperature and humidity in the penguin enclosure itself and one RF unit with a probe to monitor the water temperature.

“The penguin exhibit is ideally kept between 40° to 45°F with a relative humidity in the low 40th percentile and the water temperature at 40° to 45°F as well. The Blulog system allows us to monitor temperatures in real time and receive alerts if the temperatures or humidity levels are out of range,” says Clausen. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is the first place that Clausen has worked with this type of technology. “I was introduced to the technology here. In previous jobs, all measurements were taken manually. With the Blulog system, I am able to have remote access to real-time data.”

Clausen also appreciates the access to full historical data in the BluConsole cloud-based dashboard. “We are able to compare historical data to real-time data and correlate trends with the animals to environmental trends such as the temperature and humidity. It really helps with our husbandry protocols.” Clausen also stated that having the data centralized and accessible allows the Aquarium to be a more efficient operation. “We don’t have to depend on others to find historical information or take manual readings. All the information is in one place. Additionally, the Blulog system has been very reliable.”

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA and is open to visitors most days of the year. It is one of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations. The zoo sits on 77 acres of parkland where it exhibits more than 4000 animals, including 20 threatened or endangered species. You can learn more about the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG While the ice hockey team may be the better-known Penguins in Pittsburgh, the penguins at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium are definitely the cuter ones! The 24 penguins in the PPG Aquarium (17 Gentoo and 7 Macaroni penguins) love to dive, swim, preen, play in their climate-controlled enclosure. Their cute antics make them a popular draw with children and their parents who often press themselves against the glass to see them.

To keep the penguins healthy and active, the Aquarium staff schedule training and enrichment time with toys such as sprinklers and mirrors, as well as regular check-ups and medical procedures. Another big part of keeping the popular penguins healthy is maintaining the temperature and humidity of their environment.

Penguins are sensitive to temperature and humidity. If conditions are out of their ideal range for an extended period of time, the penguins could develop a respiratory infection called Aspergillosis, or Asper. Aspergillosis is a fungal infection that can be severe and or even chronic. According to Stuart Clausen, Assistant Curator of Aquatic Life at the PPG Aquarium, “The penguin enclosure needs to have a humidity level below 50%, with the ideal humidity around 40%. Any higher and there is the risk of the penguins developing Asper.”

To help monitor and maintain a healthy environment for their fine feathered friends, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium uses Blulog RF temperature and humidity loggers – two RF loggers monitoring the temperature and humidity in the penguin enclosure itself and one RF unit with a probe to monitor the water temperature.

“The penguin exhibit is ideally kept between 40° to 45°F with a relative humidity in the low 40th percentile and the water temperature at 40° to 45°F as well. The Blulog system allows us to monitor temperatures in real time and receive alerts if the temperatures or humidity levels are out of range,” says Clausen. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is the first place that Clausen has worked with this type of technology. “I was introduced to the technology here. In previous jobs, all measurements were taken manually. With the Blulog system, I am able to have remote access to real-time data.”

Clausen also appreciates the access to full historical data in the BluConsole cloud-based dashboard. “We are able to compare historical data to real-time data and correlate trends with the animals to environmental trends such as the temperature and humidity. It really helps with our husbandry protocols.” Clausen also stated that having the data centralized and accessible allows the Aquarium to be a more efficient operation. “We don’t have to depend on others to find historical information or take manual readings. All the information is in one place. Additionally, the Blulog system has been very reliable.”

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA and is open to visitors most days of the year. It is one of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations. The zoo sits on 77 acres of parkland where it exhibits more than 4000 animals, including 20 threatened or endangered species. You can learn more about the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium at https://www.pittsburghzoo.org/

Pittsburgh Penguins Stay Healthy with Blulog

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