Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lowry Park Zoo welcomes baby African penguin

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 01, 2015
That’s one cute chick!

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has welcomed chick number 9 to its rookery of 15 endangered penguins.
The newest chick, the first of 2015, hatched June 15 to experienced parents “Amber” and “Violet.”
The chick, whose gender is yet to be determined, weighed 160 grams on June 19 (first weight) and had more than doubled its weight to 512 grams on June 28.

The zoo is home to the only breeding colony of African penguins in the state of Florida.

At about six weeks old, the chick will transition from the parents to the aviary care team to facilitate independence and learning to swim before ultimately joining the colony on exhibit later this year.



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