A recently hatched Humboldt penguin gets a checkup at the Oregon Zoo. (Source: Michael Durham/Oregon Zoo)
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By FOX 12 StaffPORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -
This month, the Oregon Zoo welcomed three new Humboldt penguin chicks to the colony.
keepers say the penguins' genders won't be known until their first full
veterinary checkup, which will take place in about three months.
new arrivals are staying warm in their nest boxes and growing strong on
a diet of regurgitated "fish smoothie" provided by their parents,
according to zoo keepers.
"The chicks look like velvety gray plush
toys," said curator Michael Illig, who oversees the zoo's birds and
species recovery programs. "They weigh just a few ounces and can fit in
the palm of your hand."
Visitors will be able to view the young
penguins this summer, once the chicks fledge and begin to explore the
By summer, the three chicks will be
grayish-brown all over and be nearly as tall as the adult Humboldts.
Their distinctive black-and-white tuxedo markings won't develop for a
couple more years.
Humboldt penguins live along the South American
coastline off Peru and Chile. In 2010, the penguins were granted
protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Future for Wildlife program, the Oregon Zoo has supported Peru-based
conservation organization ACOREMA's work to protect Humboldt penguins.
The Penguin Camera is located on Torgersen Island (64°46’S, 64°04’W), off the coast of Anvers Island and less than a mile from Palmer Station. Torgersen Island is home to a colony of Adélie penguins numbering approximately 2,500. This camera is seasonal and operates primarily from October to February, the Adélie breeding season. The camera is solar-powered and may sometimes experience brief outages due to inclement weather. School classrooms and other educational demonstrations will often take control of the camera, moving it to gain better views of the colony.