Penguin Chicks Debut at the Aquarium of the Pacific
2013-09-11 · By Editor
Two Magellanic Penguin chicks made their way into the world, hatching at the Aquarium of the Pacific in late June to first-time parents Roxy and Floyd. Aquarium biologists led the penguin chicks as they waddled past the media before the birds entered the exhibit on September 10, 2013. The female is named Heidi, and the public will have the chance to name the male during an auction at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s tenth annual Sea Fare fundraiser on Saturday, October 19, 2013, which benefits the Aquarium’s education, conservation, and animal care programs.
The public can now see penguin chicks for the first time at the Aquarium’s June Keyes Penguin Habitat and during daily meet-and-greets at the Molina Animal Care Center. In celebration of the baby birds, the first two people who check in each day on Four Square when they are at the Aquarium can go behind the scenes at the penguin exhibit.
The Aquarium of the Pacific also has webcams in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. People around the world can tune in to catch a glimpse of the chicks exploring the habitat. Cameras have been placed above and below the water, giving viewers an up-close and candid look at the lives of the Aquarium’s Magellanic Penguins. The webcams have been provided courtesy of explore.org, the philanthropic multimedia arm of the Annenberg Foundation.
Native to Argentina and Chile in South America, 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 90 days the chicks fledge, losing their downy newborn feathers, which are replaced with water-tight, sub-adult feathers.
The penguin chicks are on display daily at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802. Or, watch the live webcams at http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/exhibits/webcams.
The Aquarium is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Aquarium admission is $25.95 for adults 12+, $22.95 for seniors 62+, $14.95 per child (ages 3-11), and free to Aquarium members and children under age three. The penguin chicks can also be seen via the Aquarium’s live web cams. For more information, visit www.aquariumofpacific.org or call (562) 590-3100.