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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Penguin chicks make debut

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications


Five Humboldt penguin chicks hatched this past February and took their first steps out into their exhibit on Monday morning.

The chicks, who practiced swimming behind the scenes in a secure pool room before their debut, took to the water quickly and have been exploring all around their exhibit.



The colony is adjusting well to the new additions, which are significant hatchings for the penguin Species Survival Plan. Humboldt penguins are an endangered species and here at the zoo these birds are important conservation ambassadors to teach visitors about the impacts humans have on penguins in their range countries.

You can tell the chicks apart from the adults by looking for their lighter, more grayish plumage. Look for them during your next visit!

Photos by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo. Video by Erika Schultz, courtesy Seattle Times.

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