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Penguin Chicks Hatch at the Aquarium of the Pacific

2016 penguin chicks

Two penguin chicks hatched at the Aquarium in late May. Credit: Photo by Robin Riggs

June 30, 2016

The Aquarium of the Pacific is announcing the arrival of two Magellanic Penguin chicks. The penguins hatched at the Aquarium in late May. Parents Kate and Avery and Patsy and Robbie, residents of the Aquarium’s June Keyes Penguin Habitat, cared for the baby penguins until they were ready to go to their behind-the-scenes nursery to learn to take whole fish from keepers for feedings and to swim in shallow pools. The one-month-old chicks will be on public view when they join the other birds in the penguin habitat sometime in August. In the meantime, the chicks can be seen via webcam from the Aquarium of the Pacific’s website. The Penguin Cam is courtesy of, the philanthropic multimedia arm of the Annenberg Foundation.

In celebration of the baby birds, the Aquarium is offering an opportunity to name Kate and Avery’s chick through its Adopt an Animal program. Those adopting a penguin chick at the $100 level or higher before September 30 will receive two Aquarium admission tickets and the opportunity to suggest a name for the chick. The Aquarium’s animal department will choose one winner, and that winner will be able to go behind the scenes for a feeding and training session with the penguins.

Magellanic Penguins are a temperate species native to the coasts of Argentina and Chile in South America. It takes between thirty-eight and forty-three days of incubation before a Magellanic Penguin egg will hatch. Magellanic Penguin parents take turns incubating the eggs on the nest and feeding and raising the chicks after they hatch. The chicks fledge, or replace their downy newborn feathers with water-tight adult feathers, after about ninety days. The Aquarium’s penguin chicks are expected to fledge in August and join their parents and the other penguins on exhibit in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat.

The chicks will move to the June Keyes Penguin Habitat sometime in August 2016. If you are interested in being updated when media are allowed to film/photograph the chicks, please email Marilyn Padilla at

For digital images and b-roll, please contact: Marilyn Padilla, Aquarium of the Pacific, 562-951-1684,