I am seeking insight from anyone who has observed penguin play behaviour and can provide some description of what it looks like.
I am a PhD student from the University of Melbourne, looking at zoo visitor-animal interactions where I aim to understand the effects on both the animal as well as the visitor. My interests in particularly is to try and understand the mechanisms of their interactions and identify what it is about visitors that results in the behavioural and physiological response in zoo animals so that strategies can be implemented to improve zoo animal welfare.
At the moment, I am proposing a study around little penguins, to build on the work of one of my co-supervisors from Zoos Victoria. Her penguin study found there are effects of visitors on little penguins, with the results suggesting an increased avoidance and aggressive behaviour when visitors are present. Thus what I would like to do is understand the mechanisms of that interaction.
However an issue I currently need some insight in, is defining or understanding play behaviour in penguins. I have not found any studies on play behaviour in penguins thus would appreciate anyone who has observed penguin play behaviour to describe it to me and which species of penguins.