Aquarium Names Baby Penguin After ‘Madagascar’s’ Character
2014-11-25 · By Editor
One of the four Magellanic Penguin chicks born at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach has officially been named Skipper. Skipper was named after one of the main penguin characters from the upcoming DreamWorks Animation/20th Century Fox animated film Penguins of Madagascar. Tom McGrath, who voices Skipper in the film, honored his namesake at a special naming ceremony held at the Aquarium earlier this month ahead of the film’s November 26th release date.
Skipper was born to parents Roxy and Floyd at the Aquarium over the summer. Both parents have an interesting background, as Floyd came to the Aquarium after living in the Bay Area, while Roxy was rescued from a beach in Brazil, far north of her species’ native habitat in the southern areas of South America. Guests can now see Skipper and the three other penguin chicks born at the Aquarium at the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. They’ll also be able to see his parents as well as Anderson and Heidi, Skipper’s brother and sister who were born in 2013. In addition to seeing Skipper and his family at the Aquarium, you can also look for him on the Aquarium’s live penguin cams .
Native to Argentina and Chile, this penguin species prefers a more temperate climate such as that of Southern California than their Antarctic-dwelling cousins. Magellanic Penguin chicks hatch with their eyes closed and are able to open them about a week later. After about ninety days the chicks fledge, losing their downy newborn feathers, which are replaced with watertight, sub-adult feathers.
Visit Aquarium of the Pacific daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. located at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.
General admission: $28.95 for adults 12+, $25.95 for seniors 62+, $14.95 per child (ages 3-11), and free to Aquarium members and children under age three.
For additional info call 562-590-3100 or visit http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/exhibits/penguin_habitat.