The penguins at the Aquarium are approaching their annual breeding season. As part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan for penguins, the Aquarium works with fellow accredited zoos and aquariums as part of these conservation efforts. The decision to allow breeding each year is determined by the species survival plan along with the available space at the Aquarium to ensure we can provide appropriate habitats for the animals and aid in their conservation when possible. We will not be actively breeding our penguins this year because our exhibit is near capacity regarding the number of penguins it can support. We will also be moving some penguins off exhibit to encourage certain birds to pair off with partners that will ensure better genetic diversity for the population as part of this species survival plan. The staff will be monitoring all the birds closely and may make adjustments based on the needs and behaviors of the penguins.
The propagation of this species is very important to us, but the health and wellness of our existing population is our top priority, which means ensuring enough space for all our penguins.
For more information on the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Magellanic Penguin Species Survival Plan, please visit https://pacific.to/aoppenguinsssp.