Thursday, February 12, 2015

4 new #penguin chicks hatch at the Georgia Aquarium

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
The Georgia Aquarium has some new additions!

For the fourth consecutive year, the facility hatched African penguin chicks. Four chicks made their debut to their penguin parents in January.

The penguin chicks will be visible to guests on behind the scenes tours beginning in late February. Staffers will be promoting Waddle Wednesday on the aquarium's social media outlets each week, too. Those posts will include photos of African penguins and the new chicks.

The press release announcing the new arrivals also noted, "(The) Georgia Aquarium is dedicated to the conservation and protection of all aquatic species, including the African penguin, which is listed as an endangered species by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United States Endangered Species Act. Breeding programs like Georgia Aquarium’s are highly important since African penguins are included on these lists due to very rapid population decline from overfishing and environmental changes."

Penguin Chick, 9 days old

"Georgia Aquarium is a participating member of the African penguin Species Survival Plan (SSP) led by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The SSP brings AZA-accredited facilities together and works to manage species populations, many of which are threatened or endangered. As part of the SSP, Georgia Aquarium is provided with breeding recommendations that take into account the animals’ genetic make-up to facilitate the growth of a healthy and genetically diverse population."

"In 2013, Georgia Aquarium unveiled the Georgia-Pacific Penguin Nursery. This facility has allowed for animal care staff to monitor penguin eggs in a climate-controlled and protected environment before they hatch. The nursery also provides a dedicated space to accommodate specialized care should a chick require hand-rearing due to health or development concerns."

Penguin Chick Vet Exam


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