When Australian surfers found three weak juvenile penguins on beaches near Sydney, they contacted the Taronga Zoo, which admitted them to their animal hospital. After almost three months of rehab, the still tiny penguins were healthy enough to return to their ocean home. Watch some of their recovery and their release in the touching video below and make sure to catch their post meal singing session around minute 1:40.
Penguins come ashore to molt and during that time they are particularly vulnerable to predators.
Wild Humboldt penguins are vulnerable to extinction in the wild and institutions like the Santa Barbara Zoo are working diligently to ensure that captive populations represent the most genetic diversity possible. The parents of these little chicks were carefully selected for this purpose but they also must have been an exceptionally good looking penguin couple, since these are some of the best penguin chick pictures yet!
The first pictures feature Desi, born March 16th, as a young chick and a fluffy, waddling juvenile:
See pictures of Desi's younger sibling below the fold!
Edinburgh Zoo celebrated the hatching of its first Gentoo Penguin chicks of the year this weekend. Photographer Debbie Grant snapped these little ones on Saturday. Gentoos are known for their unique circular nests that they build out of piles of stones. Some penguins give each other stones as gifts, typically to curry favor with the opposite sex. Kind of a penguin Valentine's Day.
Quick thinking and action by staff at Denver Zoo
and Pueblo Zoo probably saved the life of an African penguin
chick. On March 20, four days past its due date, the chick was assisted with emerging
from its shell by Pueblo Zoo Animal Care Coordinator Melanie Pococke. Pococke
then sought help from Denver Zoo staff in caring for the tiny bird, when the hatchling’s
biological parents at Pueblo Zoo were unable to care for it.
from each zoo met halfway to bring the chick to Denver Zoo where it was
under the care of experienced parents. The chick’s surrogate father,
and mother, Spencer, are now taking excellent care of their adopted
prefer animals are raised by their parents or surrogates of
species. This helps ensure they have the skills to raise their own
receiving the chick, Durban and Spencer immediately began “brooding” the
by covering it with their bodies and wings for protection and quickly
Yesterday, April Fool's Day ;), marked the first birth for Woodland Park Zoo's Humboldt Penguin parents Dora and P.J.. Humboldt penguin chicks hatch with grayish brown, downy feathers, which
molt into completely gray feathers when they fledge. It will be early
summer before any of the chicks emerge from the nesting burrows and
venture outdoors into the public exhibit for visitors to enjoy.
Photo Credits: Ryan Hawk / Woodland Park Zoo
Find out more and follow the progress at the WPZ's Blog.
On February 17th, the Newport Aquarium welcomed a King Penguin chick. The little hatchling is covered in a light fuzz and looks a little like a baby dinosaur to us. As the second largest species of penguin, King Penguins grow for 16-18 months before they ever enter the water, which is much longer than most other penguins.
Just 33 days old today, this fluffy Rockhopper Penguin chick calls the St. Louis Zoo home. Hatched and initially cared for by its parents, the chick was temporarily moved to a special area after it started living up to its name and dangerously hopping from rock to rock. Apparently climbing rocks can be dangerous, even for a baby Rockhopper. The young chick will be returned to its Penguin & Puffin Coast habitat once its swimming feathers grow-in.
Thanks to ZooBorns reader Katie T. for the heads up
The Newport Aquarium in Kentucky has had their most successful penguin breeding season to date with the hatching of three Gentoo Penguin chicks. This species creates piles of rocks for nests, which are then jealously guarded during the breeding season. Watch a fuzzy chick getting weighed-in below.