Earlier this spring we brought four of our SSP-approved (meaning specifically chosen to produce a genetically healthy and diverse population) little blue penguin breeding pairs behind the scenes to start the breeding season. Just recently, seven of our SSP-approved African penguin breeding pairs joined the little blue penguins in our behind the scenes breeding area.
|Little blue penguin pair behind the scenes|
|African penguin pair behind the scenes|
Over the next few months we hoped these penguins will bond, lay eggs, and raise penguin chicks before they are returned to the exhibit. We have had very successful breeding seasons over the years and we are hoping for another successful breeding season this year.
An “armful” of African penguin chicks from a previous breeding season; we are hopeful this year will be just as successful.
Check out these past blog post from past breeding seasons:
- Learn about pairing the breeding pairs
- Once a pair lays an egg, here's how biologists check on the eggs
- When the chicks start to hatch out of their shells, it's called pipping
- And then...penguin chicks!
- The chicks get regular check-ups
- And swim practice in the pool when their juvenile plumage grows in
- Then it's time for them to join the rest of the colony in the exhibit!
And check back often for updates from this year’s season!
|A pair of African penguins behind the scenes in their burrow|