African Penguin Chick – Lincoln Park Zoo

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“Waddle” you realize…there’s a brand new chick on the block at Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove! After a 38-day incubation interval, an African penguin chick hatched on July 29 as a part of the African Penguin Species Survival Plan®.

The chick is the offspring of 16-year-old feminine Sunny and 13-year-old male TJ. The teenager is doing nicely and continues to develop in dimension and power due to the assistance of its doting mother and father and Animal Care workers workforce members.

Sunny and TJ are skilled mother and father who efficiently hatched and raised a chick, Harvey, in late 2019. The brand new chick joins the colony of twenty-two penguins.

African penguin chick at 22 days previous with mother and father Sunny and TJ. Picture courtesy of Kristen Dvorak.

African penguin chicks usually fledge (go away the nest for the primary time) round 70– 90 days after hatching. The chick will retain its downy feathers till it molts into waterproof juvenile plumage. After one to 2 years, African penguins molt into their iconic tuxedo-like look.

This species is endangered within the wild, with a big declining inhabitants—an over 80 % decline within the final 50 years. Lincoln Park Zoo works carefully with the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) program, which focuses the collective experience inside AZA-accredited amenities to save lots of endangered species. The African penguin is a SAFE precedence species as a consequence of its reducing inhabitants.

Earlier than the teenager will probably be launched to the colony at Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove and be seen to the general public, it should proceed to move numerous developmental milestones. Make sure to observe Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fb, Instagram, and Twitter for updates concerning the chick, together with its intercourse and when the teenager will probably be seen.

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