It’s a boy! 🐧💙
This little fluff hatched a few weeks ago to new parents, Penny and Tom. You may have noticed nesting behaviors from some of the African penguins as all of this happened in their outdoor exhibit! Traditionally, both parents take turns sitting on the nest and feeding and caring for their young. Rupert, the newest addition, will match his parents in size within a few months, but it will be a while before he loses his juvenile feathers and receives the recognizable black-and-white plumage. Rupert has not ventured far from the nest, but you might catch a glimpse of him in the outdoor exhibit with his parents.
Did you know? African penguins are an endangered species. Population in the wild was around 1.5 million in the early 1900s, and approximately 40,000 remain now. We are happy to play a part in increasing their numbers!