Are you a fan of ABC’s The Bachelor? Uh huh, we aren’t either…wink, wink. Well, we’re excited to have our very own Bachelor: Little Blue Beach Edition. Will they accept the rose (or maybe krill)?
Last week, Adventure Aquarium announced two adult female little blue penguins were added to the colony to help support the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA’s) Species Survival Plan (SSP). With the new female penguins’ arrival the colony now consists of five females and six males. (Yay, more #girlpower!)
“We recently welcomed two female little blues, Maremma and Kororaa,” said Michele Pagel, Curator of Birds and Mammals at Adventure Aquarium. “As recommended by AZA’s SSP, two of our eligible penguin bachelors, Indigo and Cobalt, were moved off exhibit to bond with these ladies behind the scenes. We’ll have to wait and see if love blooms.”
Maremma, nine-months-old, and Kororaa, eight-years-old, arrived from New England Aquarium on December 14, 2016 and were placed into standard quarantine for one month. On January 17, 2017, the male little blues were removed from Little Blue Beach and joined the females in their back of house area. Staff will allow the birds time to bond in hopes they will pair off as mates.
The Aquarium participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA’s) little blue penguin Species Survival Plan (SSP), a program that encourages zoos and aquariums to work in concert to help ensure the survival of little blue penguins through a scientifically-controlled breeding program.
Want to see the new ladies? Of course you do! You’ll have the opportunity to see Maremma and Kororaa on exhibit for the first time, along with the return of Indigo and Cobalt, in the coming weeks! Will they be paired up as couples? Who will they choose? We’ll share details about their debut and return on Facebook and our other social accounts – so stay tuned!