We’re thrilled to announce that our newest African penguin chick hatched on March 2 to parents Minnie and Kamikaze. The chick weighed 51 grams at hatching, and since then has already gained 524 grams, making its weight this morning a healthy 575 grams. And we’re happy to report that the chick is strong and healthy, and very vocal.
This chick has the distinction of being the 20th chick successfully hatched here at Adventure Aquarium, and is a very important part of our continued participation in the AZA African Penguin Species Survival Program (SSP). We are all very proud of our breeding program of this endangered species here at Adventure Aquarium, and can’t help but be truly excited for every new chick.
Minnie and Kamikaze will continue to raise the chick behind the scenes at Penguin Island, and in a few months our team here will begin the process of starting to introduce the chick to the exhibit and the other penguins, including its five siblings here at Adventure Aquarium – Jack, Myer, Jambo, Saba and Cornelius.
By: Michele Pagel, Curator Birds & Mammals