Thursday, March 7, 2013

First-graders name baby penguin at Rosamond Gifford Zoo Magdelena

Baby Humboldt Penguin at the Rosamund Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, N.Y., named (Photo by Dick Blume |
By Sistina Giordano 
on March 07, 2013
Syracuse, NY -- First-grade students from All Saints Elementary today played an important part in naming the latest Humboldt penguin chick hatched at Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

With pink voting paddles in their hands, 17 first-graders stood in awe of the baby girl penguin born to Frederico and Poquita in early February.

Students voted on three names, Elisa, Francisca and Magdelena. The names were already chosen by zoo officials, said Lorrell Walter, public relations director at the zoo. Spanish names were chosen to keep with the tradition of reflecting the penguins’ Latin American origins, Walter said.
By a near unanimous vote, students chose the name Magdelena for the new baby chick.

A.J. Clarry, a first grader at All Saints School, Syracuse, nY, petting one of the new baby Humboldt Penguins at the Rosamund Gifford Zoo which was named "Magdelena". Dick Blume |

Magdelena is the first hatchling of the year and the 36th chick to hatch at the zoo. She is the eighth hatchling for the two parents. She hatched three days early, weighing 61 grams, zoo officials said.
Shortly after the winning name was chosen, students lined up to get a closer look of the baby penguin. Joanie Mahoney, Onondaga County executive, held the baby penguin in her arms as students pet Magdelena.

The interactive event was a new way to involve the community, Walter said.

The first-graders were already planning a trip to the zoo this morning.
"I think it's great to have an experience like this outside of school," teacher Kelly Hurley said. "It's interactive and fun and it's a great way for the students to do something different."

 Baby Penguin Get's a Name One of the newest baby Humboldt Penguins at the Rosamund Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY, was named from students from All Saints School. Dick Blume | 


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