August 19, 2014
Two of the Magellanic Penguin chicks born at the Aquarium this summer are getting ready for their public debut. After hatching in their nest burrows in the penguin habitat and being cared for by their parents, the juvenile birds were moved behind the scenes to learn how to swim and receive feedings from Aquarium staff members. Two chicks are now ready to go on exhibit, and two more are expected to go on exhibit later this year.
Aquarium biologists will move two of the juvenile penguins on exhibit on August 27 at 8:15 a.m. Visitors to the Aquarium’s website will be able to watch live as the young penguins join the rest of the colony in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. Aquarium visitors will be able see the penguin chicks in the exhibit when the Aquarium opens at 9:00 a.m. that morning.
The Aquarium has live webcams in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, allowing people around the world to tune in to catch a glimpse of the chicks exploring the habitat for the first time and meeting with their parents, Kate, Avery, Patsy, and Noodles. Cameras are located above and below the water, providing a real-time view of the lives of the Aquarium’s penguins. The webcams have been provided courtesy of explore.org, the philanthropic multimedia arm of the Annenberg Foundation. Click here to see the Aquarium’s webcams.
The public will also have the chance to help name one of the chicks though the Aquarium’s Adopt an Animal program by adopting at the $100 limited-edition penguin chick level or above before October 31, 2014. The person whose suggested name is chosen by Aquarium staff members will be able to go behind the scenes and participate in a feeding and training session with the penguins. Click here to adopt a chick and submit a name.