Another boy hatchling is joining our African penguin colony and we couldn’t be more thrilled to share this new with you.
Meet Bahari, pronounced BAA-HHaa-Riy, which means ocean or sea in Swahili, one of the languages spoken in South Africa where African penguins originate. He hatched on June 4, 2018 to second time parents, Kali (#13) and Tyson (#5).
Little Bahari is the first male chick to Kali and Tyson and the 34th chick to hatch to Adventure Aquarium’s breeding program, following recommendations by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) for the endangered African Penguins. We have been a part of the AZA’s SSP since 1998, a program that encourages zoos and aquariums to work together to help ensure the survival of the species through a scientifically-controlled breeding program.
Bahari was a pleasant surprised when he arrived late this spring, making this breeding season not only extended but extremely fortunate this year as we welcomed so many new chicks into our colony.
Although he is currently too young to learn to swim just yet, Bahari is already the size of an adult penguin at only 2 months old. He is currently working on growing in his waterproof feathers and learning to eat at the bucket with the juveniles, among other necessary skills. Bahari is quite vocal and relaxed and biologists are quite eager to see his temperament develop as he matures to a juvenile.
The team is looking forward to introducing him to our guests in the coming weeks, which may coincide with our upcoming African Penguin Awareness conservation festival over the Labor Day holiday weekend. As he progresses, we will make sure guests are aware of his official debut date!
Bahari will remain behind the scenes as he continues to progress, grow larger in size as well as develop his waterproof plumage before eventually being introduced to the colony in the Penguin Island exhibit. Once he officially goes onto the exhibit, guests can find him wearing band #42.