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Down the Hatch! Watch Our Little Penguin Chick Eat a Big Fish
Gulp! How’s our African blackfooted penguin chick doing behind the scenes? Well, it now has a name (Rey, for “Monterey”), is comfortable being hand-fed, and weighs a portly 3.4 pounds! The youngster was born at the Aquarium June 4, and will go back on exhibit with its parents, Karoo and Messina, after a few months.
New Penguin Chick Hatches at the Aquarium!
It’s so fluffy! We’re proud to announce that an African blackfooted penguin chick hatched on exhibit June 4, and you can see it now in our Splash Zone exhibit.
The chick, whose gender is unknown, is being cared for by its parents, Karoo and Messina. During a June 10 exam, the little one weighed 6.9 ounces (195 grams). That’s more than three times what it weighed at birth—a sign that it’s eating well.
“The parents are doing a great job caring for the chick,” said Aimee Greenebaum, associate curator of aviculture. “We enjoy seeing them be such attentive parents.”
The chick will remain with Karoo and Messina for about three weeks or until it starts leaving its nest. Then the family will be moved behind the scenes for the chick’s safety; it can’t be left on exhibit because it could accidentally drown or be injured by adult penguins. It will eventually be named, and the threesome will go back on exhibit after a few months.
This is the fifth chick hatched at the Aquarium. Of three that hatched in January 2011, the two males, Pebble and Tola, survived and are both doing well at Dallas World Aquarium. (Despite excellent parental and veterinary care, penguin chicks have a high rate of mortality.) Maq hatched in August 2013 and is on exhibit here. All are part of a Species Survival Plan for this threatened species. The plan, managed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, identified Karoo and Messina as genetically important, and we received permission to breed them.
"Hey, you lookin’ at me?" Our African blackfooted penguins are naturally curious, as you can see from this great photo, taken by penguin-keeper Monika Rohrer.
Learn more about this endangered species on #WorldPenguinDay
Happy #WorldPenguinDay from our colony to yours! Join the penguin-palooza with our live web cam. Look closely—some penguins may be tucked away in the rocks!
View our Penguin Cam
Learn more about how we’re helping rear endangered African blackfooted penguins, in our podcast.
Feeling sheepish? We’d love your creative caption for this photo of Maq, our African blackfooted penguin chick who hatched last March.
Thanks to penguin keeper Monika Rohrer for the great shot!
Have you been lucky enough to see our Splash Zone “penguin parade” on Thursdays? Sign up for text alerts when you arrive to ensure you don’t miss a thing!
Did you know that it’s Penguin Awareness Day? Why not celebrate by watching ours live? Narrated feedings at 10:30 am and 3 pm daily!
We’ve upgraded our live penguin cam to offer a range of views and compatibility with most mobile devices. Let us know what you see!
It’s a big deal when a penguin chick hatches at the Aquarium. Learn how we’re raising a little one right now—and helping preserve this endangered species.